Written by AARON CASTREJON
MOUNTAINS - One person died at the scene of a crash on Angeles Crest Highway above La Cañada Flintridge Monday.
The crash was reported at 2:55 p.m. near mile marker 31.10. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s tactical medic was lowered by helicopter to the scene and declared the patient dead, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Someone on the road climbed down to the crash. They were initially believed to be an occupant of the crashed vehicle, firefighters reported.
Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
GUSTINE, California - Two young girls and a woman, all from Covina, died after their Dodge Caravan was rear-ended on the 5 freeway Tuesday morning.
The crash occurred on the 5 freeway south of Taglio Road in Gustine, south of Modesto, around 1:55 a.m. July 17. The girls, both 6 and 10 years old, as well as a 57-year-old woman, died at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol, Los Banos Office.
The woman was identified as Regina Dorado.
The two girls have yet to be identified, as legal next of kin have not been notified, according to Deputy Daryl Allen, public information officer for the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, coroner division.
Another 6-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman also in the Dodge Caravan were injured. The girl was airlifted to Valley Children’s Hospital in Fresno. The woman was taken by ground ambulance to Memorial Medical Center.
The Dodge Caravan was in the No. 2 lane of the northbound 5 freeway, followed by a 2011 Freightliner.
Dorado began slowing for a traffic collision, but the driver of the Freightliner, an Ontario man, failed to slow and rear-ended the Caravan, sending it into the center divider.
The girls were students of Cypress Elementary School in Covina.
Cypress Elementary Principal Shannon Wyatt sent a phone message to Cypress parents about the deaths.
“Sadly, two of our students and their grandmother passed away in a fatal car accident. Additionally, a third student is reported to be in critical condition,” Wyatt said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”
Alcohol, drugs and weather are not believed to be factors in the crash, the CHP said.
The driver of the Freightliner was not arrested.