PHELAN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A man died as a result of a head-on traffic collision early Monday morning that shut down Phelan Road, officials said.
The driver who died may have been driving the wrong way.
At about 2:50 a.m., San Bernardino County Fire and the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the crash on Phelan Road and Vinton Road.
Upon arrival, emergency crews located a white 2012 Hyundai Sonata and a gray 1992 Mazda pickup truck with major front-end damage.
According to CHP Officer B. Diaz with the Victorville Station, the Mazda pickup truck was being driven westbound on Phelan Road by a 23-year-old man from Phelan, and the Hyundai was being eastbound by a 22-year-old man from Piñon Hills.
“Per witness statements, the pickup truck was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes, approximately 10 miles per hour,” Officer Diaz said. “That’s when the head-on traffic collision occurred.”
Officer Diaz said the two vehicles collided in the eastbound lanes. The Hyundai was traveling at speeds of about 55 miles per hour.
Witnesses told officers the truck up was traveling on the wrong side of the road, as far back as the train tracks.
First Responders pronounced the driver of the pickup truck deceased at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai sustained only minor injuries.
Phelan Road is shut down as of 4:30 am as officials investigate and await the coroner’s response.
Traffic is being diverted along a shoulder of the road and motorist should expect delays.
Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is urged to contact the CHP office at (760)241-1186.