BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Two men were killed in a fiery rollover crash along the I-15 freeway on Wednesday.
It happened on June 12, 2019, at about 1:24 am, on the northbound I-15, south of Baker and involved a 2000 BMW Convertible.
According to a California Highway Patrol news release, a 29-year-old man from Barstow was driving the BMW along with a male passenger seated in the right front seat.
CHP officials said the vehicle was traveling in the #1 lane at a high rate of speed as it approached the rear of another vehicle traveling in the #1 lane, at approximately 70 MPH.
The driver of the BMW attempted to avoid the slower vehicle by aggressively turning the steering wheel to the right and lost control. The BMW traveled across lanes of traffic.
“The BMW left the main-traveled portion of the highway, entered the open desert east of the freeway, and traveled down a dirt embankment. The BMW struck a barbed wire fence and rolled several times as it traveled across the open desert before coming to rest on its wheels. The vehicle immediately caught fire as it came to rest,” stated the release.
As a result of the collision, both the driver and his male passenger sustained fatal injuries.
Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision.
The names of the driver and passenger are withheld pending confirmation of identification and notification of the legal next-of-kin.
This collision is currently under investigation by Barstow CHP. 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.