LANCASTER – A driver died Tuesday morning after his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer, authorities said.
The head-on collision happened around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, on Avenue J east of 140th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
A 21-year-old man was driving a 2014 Toyota Prius westbound on Avenue J when the Prius crossed into the opposing traffic lane and collided with the front of the 2003 GMC Sierra 2500 pulling a 2020 PJ Trailer, the CHP report states.
“As a result of this collision, the Toyota Prius caught fire which spread to the GMC Sierra,” the CHP report states.
The driver was pulled from the Prius and CPR was performed, then he was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he died from his injuries. His name has not yet been released pending next of kin notification, but he was a 21-year-old man from Los Angeles, according to the CHP report.
The truck’s driver — 36-year-old Luis Contreras Landa of Bakersfield — sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment. His was arrested, but the arrest “was not a factor in the cause of this collision,” CHP officials said. A passenger in the truck — 36-year-old Alejandro Lozano of of Bakersfield — sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment.
“Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in this collision,” the CHP report states.
Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer C. Savage at the CHP Antelope Valley Area office at 661-948-8541.