Triple Fatality Reported in Palmdale Fiery Head-On Accident on Pearblossom Highway
PALMDALE, CA (July 24, 2019) – men died in a head-on fatal accident on Pearblossom Highway near the 60th Street East exit in Palmdale.
The crash happened at about 7:00 a.m. on Pearblossom Highway between 60th and 70th Street East in Palmdale. The crash left a Nissan pickup truck unrecognizable and turned the semi-trailer’s cab into a burned shell.
A preliminary investigation found that the Nissan truck was going south on Pearblossom Highway when it veered into oncoming traffic and collided with the semi-trailer truck that was going north. The semi’s cabin burst into flames from the impact.
Two men who had been in the Nissan truck were pronounced dead at the scene. A third man was taken to a local hospital where he died, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials.
The truck’s driver and sole occupant was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and is expected to survive.
Reports noted and at least one person had been ejected in the crash.
Pearblossom Highway remains closed for the fatal crash investigation. However, alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the crash, authorities said.
It was not immediately known why the Nissan ended up on the wrong side of the road, but witness Juan Talamantez — whose vehicle was behind the big rig — said the pickup driver possibly fell asleep at the wheel.
“All we see is that the black truck coming from the opposite lanes – I believe he must have fell asleep or something – and he just swerved off, coming toward the semi-truck, little by little,” Talamantez said.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Palmdale Station Traffic Detail, Detective Sherman at 661-272-2400.
Anonymous tips can also be left through “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-8477 or by going to the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
Our law group would like to take this time to express our condolences to the friends and family of the victims.
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