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Portion of Highway 18 Shut Down Following Major Injury Traffic Collision



Major injury traffic collision in Apple Valley.

APPLE VALLEY-( On Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at approximately 12:24 a.m., deputies from the Apple Valley Sheriff Station were dispatched to a traffic collision with injuries on State 18 Highway near Rancherias Road. Upon arrival Deputy Wilt discovered a 2004 Blue Ford 500 in the eastbound lane of State 18 Highway with major collision damage.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 24-year-old, Marquis Deouen, was found a short distance away suffering from minor injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to St. Mary Regional Medical Center.

A 2009 White Nissan Sentra was located several minutes later south on State 18 Highway between two residences in the 19900 block of  Outer State 18 Highway South. The driver of that vehicle was identified as 24-year-old, Victorville resident, Thomas Rongey III. Rongey was transported by air ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of major chest injuries.

Preliminary investigation revealed Derouen was pushing his vehicle in the eastbound lane of State 18 Highway when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Thomas Rongey. “He was pushing his vehicle in the #1 [fast] lane of traffic, with no lights on so he was not seen on time for the other driver to stop,” said Apple Valley Station Spokeswoman Trish Hill.

State 18 Highway was closed on the eastbound side from Piute Road to Rancherias Road for several hours. The collision is currently under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Region II, Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT). Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Deputy Jason Grantham at 760-240-7400.


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