PALMDALE – Two men died early Thursday morning after their vehicle collided with another in Palmdale, authorities said.
The fatal collision happened around 3:32 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, on Avenue M, between 15th and 20th Street East, according to Detective Eduardo Saucedo of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.
“The preliminary facts of this investigation indicate a white 2003 Buick Century, driven by a 28-year-old male, was traveling eastbound on Avenue M… for an unknown reason, it drifted into the westbound lanes,” Saucedo stated in a news release. “The vehicle then collided with a red 2013 Chevy Silverado, driven by a 34-year-old male, traveling westbound on Avenue M in the No. 1 lane.”
“A blue Honda Accord… driven by a 49-year-old male collided with the rear portion of the Chevy Silverado,” Saucedo stated in the news release.
The driver and passenger of the Buick Century were pronounced at the scene, according to Saucedo.
Both men were in their 20s, but their names have not yet been released pending next of kin notification, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Thursday afternoon.
The other parties involved in the collision were medically evaluated at the scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics.
The Chevy Silverado’s driver sustained a broken arm and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the news release.
The Honda’s driver sustained minor cuts and bruises but was not transported to the hospital, the news release states.
Avenue M, between 15th Street East and 20th Street East, was closed until approximately 10 a.m. Thursday while the incident was being investigated. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this traffic collision is encouraged to call Palmdale Station’s Traffic Department at 661-272-2400.
UPDATED 8.26.16: The deceased driver has been identified as 28-year-old Roland L. Smith Jr. of Lancaster, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Friday morning.
UPDATED 8.27.16: The deceased passenger has been identified as 26-year-old Chijir Erdeneaatar, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.