LAKE LOS ANGELES – Four adults and two children were injured Thursday in a head-on collision that happened after a minivan’s driver attempted to pass a big rig, authorities said.
The collision occurred around 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, on 170th Street East north of Avenue M, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Jamelia Jenkins, 37, of Lake Los Angeles, was driving a 1996 Plymouth Voyager northbound on 170th Street East when she entered the southbound lane to pass a big rig that had “slowed down due to the poor visibility caused by a dust storm,” the CHP report states.
The Voyager collided head-on with a 2006 Nissan Altima that was traveling southbound on 170th Street East, according to the CHP report.
The Voyager then sideswiped the big rig.
Jamelia Jenkins sustained major injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment. Two passengers in the Voyager — 20-year-old Jonathan Jenkins and 64-year-old Earnest Loyd, both from Lake Los Angeles — sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital.
The Nissan Altima’s driver, 26-year-old Michael Mora of Lancaster, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. Two children in the Altima — a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy — were airlifted to Northridge Hospital with moderate injuries.
The rig’s driver, 44-year-old Ezequiel Hernandez of Corona, was treated at the scene and released.
“Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this traffic collision,” the CHP report states.
The incident remains under investigation.