NEEDLES–A man from Window Rock, Arizona and an Anaheim, California woman were killed early Sunday morning after their vehicles collided head-on with each other on Needles Highway.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Joe Medina said emergency crews were dispatched to the scene around 9 a.m. just south of Aha Macav Parkway for a multi-vehicle crash.
Early reports had indicated a semi-tractor trailer was directly involved in the accident. However, those reports were unfounded. One witness told The Bee the semi was near the accident and had pulled over to the side after it happened.
Medina said the 34-year-old man from Window Rock was driving a Chrysler Caravan southbound at unknown speeds when he reportedly crossed the double line into the northbound direction and struck the left side of a Dodge Ram pickup, being driven by a 23-year-old man from Anaheim, California. The driver of the Dodge Ram reportedly noticed the Chrysler Caravan traveling in the wrong direction and attempted to veer off the road before being hit.
A 51-year-old female from Anaheim, California was driving her Chevy Colorado directly behind the Dodge Ram when she reportedly witnessed the crash and veered off the roadway quickly to avoid a head on collision.
The Chrysler Caravan continued southbound in the northbound lanes and collided head on with a 2005 Honda CRV carrying three individuals from Anaheim, California.
The drivers of the Chrysler Caravan and Honda CRV were pronounced dead at the scene.
A 10-year-old boy and 58-year-old male in the Honda CRV were airlifted from the scene with major injuries, said Medina. An 11-year-old girl in the van was taken by Baker Ambulance to a local hospital for further treatment.
Both drivers of the Dodge Ram and Chevy Colorado were not injured.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation with the California Highway Patrol.