ORO GRANDE – Two died as a result of a traffic collision with fire on US-395 near Multz Road on Wednesday night. At around 11:16 p.m. emergency personnel responded to the collision and located two vehicles with major front-end damage, one on fire.
The California Highway Patrol officers, who were first on scene, using their patrol vehicles attempted to separate the vehicles to prevent the fire from spreading to the second vehicle. They were unable to do so and the engine compartment of the second vehicle caught fire. They quickly grabbed their fire extinguishers to fight the fire until San Bernardino County Firefighters arrived.
When firefighters from the Helendale station arrived they located a 2016 Hyundai Tucson, which was well involved with fire. The second vehicle, an occupied 2000 Volkswagen Beetle also had a fire in the engine compartment of the vehicle that was threatening those inside. An adult male was pulled from the vehicle and was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for the treatment of burns and traumatic injuries.
Through investigation, they learned that a Hyundai was traveling southbound on US-395 and crossed over double-yellow lines in order to pass a slower moving vehicle. At the same time, the Volkswagen was driving northbound. The Hyundai collided head-on into the Volkswagen causing the Hyundai to burst into flames.
Two firefighters also sustained non-life-threatening burns during their rescue efforts and were also transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. After being treated and evaluated the two firefighters were cleared to return to work. Two occupants of the Hyundai were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of those deceased will be withheld pending notification of next of kin.
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