A 50-year-old woman was killed Wednesday when the pickup she was driving rolled off the 60 Freeway in Beaumont and smashed through a chain link fence.
The crash occurred around 12:45 p.m. along the eastbound side of the freeway near Jack Rabbit Trail, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Darren Meyer.
Investigators believe the Ford F-250 drifted from the far left lane across the freeway and onto the paved shoulder while traveling at about 55 mph, he said.
“The truck continued drifting south and overturned down a small embankment where it collided with the perimeter chain link fence,” according to the CHP. “The unrestrained driver was partially ejected onto the roadway and crushed by the overturned vehicle.”
When emergency crews arrived on the scene about 10 minutes later, the truck was on its roof, Meyer said.
No other victims or vehicles were involved, officials said.
CHP officials said “distraction, medical conditions and/or alcohol and drugs have not been ruled out as a contributing factor in determining the cause of this collision.”