The Pahrump Valley Times reports that three people died after a head-on collision along State Route 178 late last month.
In a statement to the PV Times, Fire Chief Scott Lewis, with the Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services, told reporters that the fatal crash happened in Southern Inyo County at approximately 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31st.
Lewis described a “highly dynamic accident scene with both vehicles having sustained extensive front-end damage indicating an offset head-on collision.”
Emergency crews, which consisted of a fire crew and paramedics found one of the vehicles in the middle of the roadway, while the other was lying in its side, some distance from the road in the desert terrain.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Luis Echeverria of Fontana, California was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche westbound along State Route 178 while Chantra Sun of Baldwin Park, California was driving a 2017 BMW X5 eastbound on the highway when the two vehicles collided.
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A total of seven people were injured in the two-vehicle crash. Assessments made by emergency personnel found that two of the crash victims were dead at the scene. Three helicopters were dispatched to the crash scene to transport some of the crash victims to Las Vegas University Medical Center for treatment. One of the patients died en route to the hospital. Three other patients were transported by crew members with Pahrump Fire and Southern Inyo.
Investigators say that two of the passengers in Echeverria’s vehicle and one passenger in Sun’s car died as a result of the injuries they suffered in the collision. Authorities did not release the names of the deceased at the time of the report.
The cause of the crash is ongoing.