On November 3, at approximately 1:10 p.m., a motorist was injured on the southbound I-15 between the Centre City Parkway on-ramp and Via Rancho Parkway off-ramp.
A gas-cylinder delivery vehicle was unable to stop in time when he realized that traffic was backed up in front of him. A Chevy Malibu was trapped under the truck in flames. The driver of the small car suffered critical injuries, according to a California Highway Patrol officer. She was taken by helicopter to UCSD Burn Center.
A motorist who was at the scene reported that "About a dozen cars stopped and we dumped our fire extinguishers into it. As soon as the fire department showed up, I ran like hell back to the my car and left. I was surprised by how many people keep fire extinguishers in their cars. Two cars just drove up, handed us a fire extinguisher out the window, then kept on driving.”
Traffic was backed up until nearly 4:00 p.m. while the freeway was closed. The driver of the truck was not injured.