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2 killed in single-vehicle rollover crash on I-40 in Ludlow

LUDLOW, Calif. ( — Two people traveling along Interstate 40 were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash.

It happened on July 29, 2019, at approximately 2:30 pm, along the I-40, west of Kelbaker Road.

California Highway Patrol officials said a 49-year-old male from Los Angeles was driving a 2003 Ford Expedition in the eastbound no. 1 lane with three passengers on board.

The SUV went back and forth across lanes of traffic before entering the center divider and overturning causing the left rear passenger to be ejected.

Emergency personnel responded and pronounced the woman ejected from the vehicle deceased at the scene at 3:48 pm. San Bernardino County Coroner officials identified her as Diana Mendez, 21, of Los Angeles.

The male driver sustained major injuries and was flown to Desert Regional Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries, officials said.

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. Anyone with information is asked to call 760-255-5900.

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