A Lancaster wrong-way crash was responsible for four fatalities and one injury earlier this week.
The fatal incident occurred on the morning of Friday, June 4. It involved a collision between a big rig and another vehicle.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the Lancaster wrong-way crash between the two vehicles occurred on the Avenue G. A Peterbilt big rig was traveling eastbound along the road. A second vehicle, identified as a 2019 Dodge Challenger, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the road.
As the Peterbilt big rig drew close to the north 30th Street, the Dodge Challenger came directly in its path. The two vehicles collided at a high rate of speed. The Dodge suffered extensive damage in the collision.
A total of five people were traveling in the Dodge Challenger at the time of the crash. These included three young children and two women. The 62-year-old woman who was driving succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident.
The second woman, aged 59, was in the front passenger seat. She also suffered critical injuries. The paramedics transported her to the Holy Cross Medical Center via an air ambulance. She also died at the hospital.
Two children aged 6 and 9 were taken to the Antelope Valley Hospital with critical injuries. Attempts to save them failed and they died at the hospital. The third child, aged 5, suffered traumatic injuries. He was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where he remains under treatment.
The big rig driver was identified as Santos D. Torres, 44, of Corona. Torres suffered only minor injuries in the crash.
Authorities continue to investigate why the Dodge was traveling wrong-way. In most truck accidents, smaller vehicles suffer extensive damage due to the sheer disparity in the size of the vehicles. When the truck driver is at fault, an Orange County truck accident lawyer can help the victims recover damages.