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Woman ejected in rollover crash on Highway 18

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — An unresponsive 48-year-old woman was flown to a trauma center after she was ejected from a vehicle here Thursday.

At about 12:53 pm, on June 28, 2018, authorities responded to Highway 18, between Tao and Rimrock Roads reference a single vehicle rollover traffic collision.

For reasons still under investigation, a gray Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound on Highway 18 when the female driver lost control and overturned causing her to be ejected from the SUV.

Apple Valley Sergeant Jeff Allison said, a woman was ejected from the crash and was lying in the roadway with ‘significant injuries’ when they arrived.

Due to the woman’s injuries, firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District requested an air ambulance to airlift her to an out of area trauma center.

Eastbound lanes of SR-18 were closed at Tao Road for approximately 1-hour as officials cleared the scene of the crash.

“The preliminary findings indicate the vehicle was eastbound on Highway 18, left the roadway and entered the center divider. The driver attempted to correct the vehicle’s direction, reentered the eastbound lanes and overturned the vehicle,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

According to the release, “evidence indicated the driver may have been using a cellular telephone while operating a motor vehicle. It also appears the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, which contributed to her being ejected from the vehicle.”

No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Apple Valley Police Department, Deputy Bechtol at (760)240-7400.

The Apple Valley Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers to wear their seatbelts and the dangers of distracted driving. We would also like to commend the citizens who stopped to render aid and those who waited patiently and followed the directions of first responders.

(Photo courtesy of AVFPD via Twitter)

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