UPDATED: Oceanside Man Dies in Early-Morning Crash Near Ortega Hwy.

The 26-year-old was killed at about 1:30 a.m. when his car careened off an embankment on the northbound 5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano.

A 26-year-old Oceanside man was killed early Thursday morning when his car veered off the northbound 5 freeway and overturned down a 12-foot embankment.

Travis Amsbaugh was headed north on the freeway, just south of Ortega Highway, when for "undetermined reasons," the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder he was driving careened across all of the traffic lanes, the California Highway Patrol reported.

"The vehicle left the roadway, traveling down a 12-foot dirt embankment and into a 2-foot-diameter tree, while overturning onto its roof," said CHP spokesman Chris Goodwin. 

The crash was reported at 1:33 a.m., and the No. 4 lane and the Ortega Highway off-ramp were shut down for a couple of hours.

"It just looks like this is an unfortunate incident that occurs out here on the freeway," CHP Sgt. Martie Huben-Whener said at the scene. She noted that there were two witnesses who saw the crash. 


Karen Young September 02, 2011 at 03:10 AM
I am so completely saddened to hear my cousin Travis has passed away!!!  I am praying so much that his Mom and family can get through this most difficult time in their lives.  Such a handsome and adorable young man!!  RIP Travis!!  You are in my heart forever!!! Love, your cousin Karen
Judy Vierra September 02, 2011 at 09:27 PM
My heart just breaks for Minda and Aunt Mac and I can't stop praying for them. Such a loss way too soon. I pray Gods peace and comfort on all the family!!!!!! You will be missed Travis RIP! Love, your cousin Judy
Alaina September 30, 2011 at 04:20 AM
I can't believe its been almost 1 month since you left us Travis. Seems like yesterday when you said goodbye before your early shift at USC...I miss you so much, it doesn't seem to be getting any easier. I visited this site just the other day..picked up your lighter, the coolant canister you had used to fix my car with and some of your paperwork..you have such good handwriting...I knew you were different and special to me from day one..You have taught me so much, especially to have *patience*. I love you Travis Amsbaugh, see you in heaven...one day. Save me a good seat ;)


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