A 5-year-old boy died hours after a tractor-trailer crashed into his family’s minivan, killing his two young sisters and injuring his mother and grandmother, authorities said Saturday.
Kyle Coble had surgery after the Friday afternoon crash on Interstate 5 but died later in the evening at Mission Hospital. His sisters, 2-year-old Katie Coble and 4-year-old Emma Coble had died minutes apart at different hospitals earlier Friday, said Officer Katrina Lundgren of the California Highway Patrol.
Traffic had slowed to a crawl on the freeway north of Oso Parkway, and the minivan came to a stop in the slow lane. The driver of the tractor-trailer, 37-year-old Jorge Miguel Romero of Apple Valley, apparently didn’t see the stopped traffic. His rig crushed the minivan and pushed it into an SUV.
“He just couldn’t stop in time,” Lundgren said. “There isn’t any DUI suspected. There wasn’t any inattention. He just couldn’t stop.”