PALMDALE – Two drivers suffered critical injuries and had to be extricated from their vehicles following a head-on collision on Pearblossom Highway, authorities said.
The collision happened around 6 a.m., Monday (Dec. 23) on Pearblossom Highway, just east of Small Road.
Elizabeth Salguero was driving a 1998 Toyota eastbound on Pearblossom Highway at an unknown speed, while Juan Gonzalez was driving a 2004 Chevy westbound on Pearblossom Highway at an estimated speed of 35-45 miles per hour, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
“For reasons unknown, Elizabeth allowed her vehicle to cross over the solid double yellow line and enter the westbound lanes directly into the path of Juan Gonzales. Unfortunately, Elizabeth’s vehicle continued eastbound where it [hit] Juan Gonzalez’s vehicle head on,” states the CHP report.
“Both vehicles went airborne and pivoted in a semi-circle and landed…” said CHP Sgt. John Williams. “Both drivers of both vehicles sustained major injuries, and the cause of this collision is still under investigation.”
Elizabeth Salguero, 25, of Palmdale and Juan Gonzalez, 42, of Los Angeles were extricated from their vehicles by Fire Department personnel and airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital.