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2 US Navy sailors among motorcyclists killed in chain-reaction crash on 5 Freeway

Camp Pendleton.(UT File Photo/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Two motorcyclists killed in a fiery chain-reaction crash on Interstate 5 near Camp Pendleton on Thursday morning were active duty sailors, the U.S. Navy confirmed Friday.

The pair were riding southbound on the 5 Freeway shortly after 3 a.m. when they and two other motorcyclists crashed into other vehicles that had crashed, the California Highway Patrol said.

For reasons still to be determined, the driver of a Jeep Wrangler lost control on the southbound side of the 5 Freeway, veered off the highway and hit a guard rail near Las Pulgas Road. The vehicle was then disabled on the side of the road, according to Officer Jake Sanchez with the CHP.

Shortly after, a driver in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van crashed into the Jeep and overturned onto its side. That’s when the four motorcyclists following behind crashed into the van and Jeep. The ensuing crash set off a fire, according to authorities.

Three of the four motorcyclists were killed, the CHP said. Two of them were sailors based in Southern California, according to U.S. Navy Public Affairs Officer Brian O’Rourke.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The names of the crash victims have not yet been released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.


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