[UPDATED] Woman killed by errant object on I-5 North

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[UPDATE] A 38-year-old San Diego woman was struck and killed by what California Highway Patrol officials have determined to be a large, metal piece of road debris Wednesday morning while driving northbound on the Golden State (5) Freeway.

The car was in the No.2 lane of the I-5 in Burbank when a Mack truck passed by at about 8 a.m. in the No.3 lane and kicked up the piece of debris. The metal damaged the hood of the car, penetrated the windshield and killed the woman before she could be taken to a hospital, authorities said.

Her husband was driving, and her children, both under 6-years-old, were uninjured.

They were driving to Davis for the holidays, authorities said.

“It would be a freak accident that they just happened to be there and the debris happened to be kicked up at that moment and struck their vehicle and not anyone else’s,” California Highway Patrol Officer Ming Hsu said. “There was no way for the driver to avoid this at all. There was no way he could’ve taken evasive maneuvers. ”

Names for the family were not released Wednesday.

[Developing] A woman died this morning on the Golden State (5) Freeway in Burbank after a piece of a Mack truck or road debris penetrated her vehicle’s windshield shortly after 8 a.m., California Highway Patrol officials said.

Authorities are still working to determine what the object was, but they said she was riding behind the Mack truck at the time of the incident. The object struck the mother, killing her before she arrived at a nearby hospital.

Her husband was driving and her children, who were in the backseat, were uninjured, authorities said.

The accident occurred in the northbound lanes. More information from the California Highway Patrol is forthcoming.

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Written by Max Zimbert

December 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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