LANCASTER – A 46-year-old Quartz Hill woman was airlifted to the hospital following a two-vehicle crash that sent both cars careening into the desert, authorities said.
Alcohol appears to have been a factor in the collision, which happened around 5:32 p.m. Tuesday on 90th Street West and Avenue K, according to Lancaster Station Traffic Sgt. Paul Pfrehm.
Janet Hawes of Quartz Hill was driving southbound on 90th Street West, in a 1990 Toyota Corolla, when she failed to stop for a posted stop sign and collided with a 2006 Nissan Sentra being driven westbound on Avenue K by 47-year-old Cynthia Sabo of Lake Elizabeth, according to Pfrehm.
Officials said the Sentra rolled over and caught fire after the collision.
“When we arrived, we found one vehicle had rolled over and the other one had been pinned up against a power pole,” said L.A. County Fire Captain Robert Brandelli. “We ended up having to extricate both victims using the jaws of life … Both were in critical condition.”
Hawes was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital by Los Angeles County Fire Department airship, while Sabo was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital by ambulance.
The collision remains under investigation.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Lancaster Station’s Traffic Enforcement Team at 661-948-8466.