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One dead, 9 injured in I-15 crash
Collision shut down freeway between Barstow and Baker
Though California Highway Patrol officials initially reported two people had died in the collision, Sgt. Paul Ellis said as of 4:45 p.m. there was only one confirmed fatality.
One person was killed and nine more injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning that shut down Interstate 15 near Afton Road, roughly half-way between Barstow and Baker.
Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the collision, though the cause remains under investigation.
Five people were riding in a silver Ford F-150 southbound on the freeway just before 9 a.m., according to Sgt. Paul Ellis with the California Highway Patrol. Shortly after the Ford passed a black Chevrolet suburban, which was also carrying five people, Ellis said the two vehicles collided, sending both flying into the dirt median.
The suburban rolled multiple times and four of the five passengers were ejected.
One of those passengers — an older Hispanic man — died at the scene. Authorities aren’t releasing his name yet pending notification of next of kin.
Four Mercy Air helicopters were called in to fly the wounded out to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to Ellis.
The five passengers in the Ford all suffered minor to moderate injuries, Ellis said, with some driven by ambulance to Barstow Community Hospital and one transported to ARMC.
Northbound lanes were shut down for nearly an hour, as helicopters landed there to transport the injured. Traffic was backed up for nine miles, Ellis said, with many northbound drivers heading to Las Vegas for the three-day weekend.
Authorities aren’t saying yet what caused the collision or who is believed to be at fault, though Ellis said they suspect alcohol was involved.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on this crash is encouraged to call CHP dispatch at (760) 255-8750 or call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME.
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