PALMDALE – A driver and two children were killed Friday night when the vehicle they were riding in burst into flames after being rear-ended on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, authorities said.
The fatal collision occurred around 10:35 p.m., July 4 in the southbound lanes of the 14 Freeway, just south of the Avenue S, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
A 41-year-old man was driving a 2004 Toyota Corolla southbound on SR-14, approaching Barrel Springs over-crossing, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a 2013 Tesla driven by 58-year-old Ric Garrison of Newhall, the CHP report states.
The Toyota Corolla was carrying the driver and four passengers, and the vehicle burst into flames after the collision.
The Toyota’s 41-year-old driver, a 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy were trapped in the vehicle and died at the scene, CHP officials said.
The other two passengers, 31-year-old Tyree Lavon Nash of Lancaster and a 6-year-old boy, survived the crash but sustained major injuries, according to the CHP report. Both were pulled from the burning vehicle by a pair of Good Samaritans, CHP officials said.
The Tesla’s driver (58-year-old Ric Garrison) sustained minor injuries and was cleared by emergency personnel at the scene and then released, the CHP report states.
Traffic was diverted onto Avenue S, and the roadway was closed until about 4 a.m. Saturday morning to allow for the investigation.
The names of the deceased have not yet been released pending next of kin notification.
UPDATED 7/17/14: The deceased have been identified as 41-year-old Lamont Correll, 13-year-old Devante Correll and 10-year-old Jayvon Correll, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The story has been updated with the correct ages for the victims.