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2 drivers killed in head-on crash on highway 395

Unsafe passing is blamed in the crash that killed two drivers

KRAMER JUNCTION, Calif. ( – The California Highway Patrol said two people were killed in a head-on crash as a result of unsafe driving Tuesday night.

The initial crash was reported on December 7, at about 7:05 pm, on Highway-395 south of Kramer Junction.

CHP says a 46-year-old woman from Santa Rosa was driving a 2012 Volkswagen SUV southbound on US Highway 395, while a 59-year-old male from Ridgecrest was driving northbound in his 1998 Chevy Prism.

Investigators say the SUV crossed over a single yellow line and entered the northbound lane in an attempt to pass slower moving traffic ahead. “As a result of this unsafe driving, the Volkswagen collided head-on with the Chevrolet,” officials said in a news release.

The drivers of both the Volkswagen and Chevrolet sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

Additionally, a Dodge Ram and a Toyota Corolla which were both traveling northbound, behind the Chevrolet, became involved in the collision and sustained minor property damage only.

The names of the deceased will be released when next of kin has been notified.

CHP officials said, alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be a contributing factor in this collision.

This collision is currently under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Barstow Area.

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