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CHP: 3 airlifted after car and semi collide on NB-15 freeway Tuesday

BARSTOW, Calif. ( — Three separate airships responded to a major injury traffic collision that temporarily shut down the northbound I-15 freeway outside of Barstow Tuesday night.

The crash was reported at 11:24 pm, on August 22, 2018, near the Lenwood Road Off-ramp.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 22-year-old woman from Barstow was driving a 2016 Toyota Camry with her front right 31-year-old male passenger from Barstow and an unknown rear female passenger, merging onto northbound on Interstate 15 from eastbound Lenwood Road.

“As the Camry traversed the cloverleaf on-ramp, it ran off the roadway and entered northbound I-15 perpendicular to northbound traffic directly in front of a 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer combination in the slow lane. As the Camry traveled into the path of the Freightliner, the Freightliner collided into the driver side of the Camry,” stated a CHP news release.

All three occupants of the Camry were trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle. Due to their injuries, three medical helicopters were requested to respond and landed on the freeway.

Northbound lanes were closed for approximately 1 hour and traffic was diverted onto the Lenwood off-ramp and back onto the northbound I-15 on-ramp.

CHP officials said, at this time is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs are a contributing factor in this collision.

This collision is currently under investigation by Barstow CHP Office. If you have additional information regarding this collision, please contact 760-255-5900.

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