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Reckless driver airlifted after crashing into semi on US Highway 395 in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A young man was airlifted to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries after crashing into a semi Tuesday evening.

It happened at about 5:17 pm, when first responders were dispatched to a crash involving a gold Chevy Cavalier and a semi on US Highway 395, north of Bear Valley Road in Victorville.

Firefighters with San Bernardino County Fire used the jaws of life to extricate the driver who was trapped inside the vehicle.

Authorities at the scene said the fully loaded semi was traveling north on US-395 and the Cavalier was heading south. Several witnesses said the driver of the Cavalier was driving reckless in and out of traffic and passing in the northbound lanes heading southbound.

“It appears that he went to make a pass on a vehicle and went underneath the trailer of the semi and knocked the trailer tandems out from underneath the truck,” stated Sheriff’s Deputy J. Dean.

A San Bernardino County Fire helicopter landed on US-395 and airlifted the male driver of the Cavalier to an out of area trauma center.  The driver of the semi was not injured in the crash.

US Highway 395 was closed for approximately 2 hours between Bear Valley Road and Luna Road as officials investigated the crash and cleared the scene.

(Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

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