LUDLOW, Calif. –Two people lost their lives in a traffic collision on the I-40 west of Kelbaker Road.
On Monday, July 29, 2019, at around 2:30 p.m., a 49-year-old man from Los Angeles, was driving a 2003 Ford Expedition eastbound in the #1 lane on the I-40. His vehicle was occupied by three passengers, all also from Los Angeles. The driver of the Ford allowed his vehicle to travel from the #1 lane to the right shoulder. The driver attempted to get back into lanes swerving to the left across both lanes of traffic. The vehicle went into the dirt center divider and overturned multiple times. The back passenger, a 21-year-old female, was ejected from the Ford. CHP officials said that she was not properly restrained during the collision. The female was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.
The driver was seriously injured and airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries. The right rear passenger, a 48-year-old female, sustained major injuries and was transported by air to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The front right passenger, an 18-year-old female, sustained minor injuries and was transported by ground to Barstow Community Hospital.
Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision. 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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