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9-year-old girl dies in crash on I-15 freeway

HALLORAN SUMMIT, Calif. ( — A 9-year-old girl died and three other adults were injured following a major traffic collision on the I-15 freeway Monday afternoon.

It happened at about 2:38 pm, on the northbound 15, north of Halloran Summit Road and involved a white BMW x5 and a silver Honda Odyssey.

According to a California Highway Patrol news release, a 35-year-old male from Corona, CA was driving the BMW in the no.1 lane, in excess of the 70 mph posted speed limit. A 51-year–old adult male from Mission Viejo, CA was driving the Honda also in the no. 1 lane at 65 mph and directly ahead of the BMW.

“The driver of the Honda observed the BMW approaching from the rear and turned into the #2 lane to allow the BMW to pass. The driver of the BMW followed the Honda into the #2 lane and due to his speed, was unable to safely avoid the Honda, allowing the front of the BMW to strike the rear of the Honda,” stated the release.

The impact caused both drivers to lose control of their vehicles.

The Honda traveled in a northeasterly direction across the asphalt shoulder and into the open desert where it overturned and came to rest on its wheels.

The BMW continued in a northeasterly direction across the asphalt shoulder and into the open desert, where the BMW struck a roadway sign, overturned onto its right side and came to rest, east of the freeway.

The left rear passenger of the BMW, a 9-year-old girl, sustained fatal injuries. The driver and two additional passengers sustained moderate to major injuries and were airlifted to University Medical Center, Las Vegas for treatment.

The driver and four additional passengers of the Honda sustained minor to moderate injuries and also transported to UMCLV. CHP shut down the I-15 freeway where the helicopters landed.

CHP officials said alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The collision is under investigation by Barstow CHP and anyone with information is asked to call (760)255-5900.

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