Lakeview: One Dead and Another Injured Following Head on Crash
By Trevor Montgomery, Riverside County News Source
LAKEVIEW — One person was killed and another hospitalized with critical injuries after a head-on collision and rollover involving at least two-vehicles in the unincorporated community of Lakeview, just north of Nuevo. The tragic accident happened earlier this morning, Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Heavy fog reported throughout the area may have played a contributing factor in this morning’s deadly crash, which happened along Ramona Expressway and 5th St.
CHP, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene around 6:10 a.m., after receiving multiple reports of the fatal collision. 911 callers reported one victim may have been ejected from his truck and the other driver was trapped inside his pickup.
When officials arrived they found two pickups trucks blocking both directions of the roadway. The vehicles were described as a burgundy Ford F150 and a red Dodge, and vehicle parts and debris were spread across both sides of the two-lane road.
While CHP began investigating the cause of the crash, Cal Fire used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate one of the critically injured drivers who was left trapped inside the mangled wreckage of his pickup truck. The other driver, who was possibly ejected from his vehicle, succumbed to his injuries and passed away at the scene.
The surviving driver was eventually transported to Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley with injuries Cal Fire later described as critical.
Although the roadway remained open, early morning commuters and other area motorists were forced to use the road’s dirt shoulders to slowly work their way past the scene of the deadly crash. The accident caused a miles-long backup and drivers stuck in the traffic nightmare later reported prolonged delays as a result of the collision and subsequent investigation and clean up.
CHP is investigating the cause of the accident and they have not yet released any details regarding their investigation, which is ongoing.
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