Fatal crash temporarily closed I-40 near Barstow on Friday

BARSTOW, California — A fatal crash investigation temporarily closed Interstate 40 near Barstow on Friday afternoon.

The collision was reported at 4:35 pm, on March 8, 2024, just west of the Hector Road off-ramp.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, a silver vehicle rolled into the center divider. Witnesses reported the vehicle was traveling westbound and overturned eight times before landing in the center divider.

First responders received information of a possible ejection and determined a dog had been thrown from the vehicle and killed. Additionally, a person still inside the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire reported they had a critical patient and requested a helicopter to land at the scene.

California Highway Patrol Officers assisted with shutting down traffic and allowed a Mercy Air helicopter to land safely on the highway.

The coroner was advised to respond to the scene and once next of kin has been notified the office will release the name of the deceased.

Just before 6:00 pm, the traffic break was released and one lane remained closed for the investigation.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Barstow CHP Station.

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