BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A rollover crash on the I-15 freeway near Baker left two men dead Thursday afternoon.
On September 12, 2019, at approximately 4:06 p.m., a 42-year-old male, from Antioch, CA, was driving a 1999 Ford Explorer at a high rate of speed, northbound on Kelbaker Road, south of Interstate 15, near the town of Baker, CA.
For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Ford made an unsafe turning movement, causing the Ford to leave the roadway and enter the open desert terrain, east of the roadway. Upon entering the open desert, the Ford overturned multiple times and caught fire before coming to rest on its’ wheels within the open desert.
As the Ford was overturning, the front right passenger, a 43-year-old male from San Jose, CA, was ejected from the Ford. As a result of the collision, the male passenger sustained fatal injuries was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding emergency personnel.
The driver of the Ford was also ejected during the overturning sequence and was transported by air to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, where he was later pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries he sustained in the collision.
The right rear passenger, a 54-year-old male from Pahrump, NV, sustained minor injuries as a result of the collision. It was determined the driver and the front right passenger were not utilizing the vehicles restraint system at the time of the collision.
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. 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.