BAKER, Calif. – A 19-year-old man and 17-year-old girl died as a result of a traffic collision near Baker on Wednesday.
At around 7:20 a.m., the man from Lynwood, California was driving a 2004 Chevrolet in the #2 lane of the 15 freeway northbound, north of Kelbaker, and just south of Baker. The driver lost control of the vehicle and traveled from the #2 lane, across the #1 lane, and entered the dirt center median. When the vehicle entered the center median it overturned, causing the 19-year-old male driver and 17-year-old female backseat passenger to be ejected from the vehicle. Both the male and female sustained fatal injuries and they were pronounced dead at the scene.
The investigation revealed that both of those ejected were not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision. The front passenger sustained major injuries and was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevado. The three other passengers in the back of the vehicle sustained moderate to major injuries and were transported by ground to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada
Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision. Traffic was briefly affected as the #1 lane was closed temporarily for emergency equipment and personnel.
This collision is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Barstow Area. For further information in reference to this collision, or if you have additional information regarding this collision, please contact the California Highway Patrol Barstow Office at 760-255-5900.
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