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Highway 395 closed after head-on crash; 2 airlifted



BORON, Calif. ( — A man and a woman were airlifted to trauma centers following a crash that shutdown a stretch of US Highway 395 for several hours.

It happened on Saturday, March 24, 2018, according to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, a head-on crash involving a Acura SUV and a white Nissan Altima was reported at 12:08 am, on Highway 395, one mile south of SR-58 near Kramer Junction.

Firefighters with San Bernardino County Fire responded and treated a total of three patients in two separate vehicles. Two of the patients were classified as ‘immediate’ and the third as ‘delayed’, scanner traffic reported.

Lara khodanian, 46, of Hesperia was ending her shift at the Pilot Truck Stop and was one of the first to arrive on scene of the traffic collision.

Lara told Victor Valley News, the crash was caused by the female driver of the SUV who attempted to pass-up two tractor-trailers traveling northbound on 395 and crashed head-on with the Nissan leaving the male and female occupants trapped.

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to extricate the 38-year-old male and 27-year-old female, of Hesperia, from the mangled Nissan. Both were airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital trauma center with major injuries.

The driver of the SUV was in shock but declined medical transportation at the scene.

According to a Saturday morning CHP  news release, the 32-year-old female driver of the Acura SUV was at fault in causing the accident due to her ‘unsafe driving’.

“The driver of the Acura traveled from the northbound lane, crossed over a broken yellow line and entered the southbound lane in an attempt to pass slower moving traffic ahead, while following an unknown vehicle, also passing.  The unknown vehicle merged safely back into the northbound lane.  As a result of the Acura’s unsafe driving, it was not able to merge safely back into the northbound land and the Acura collided head-on with the Nissan,” stated the news release.

Alcohol and/or drugs are not believed to be a contributing factor in this collision.  Barstow CHP is continuing the investigation and anyone with additional information is asked to call 760-255-5900.

(Photo: Lara khodanian)



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