DESERT CENTER (CBSLA.com) – A 10-year-old boy was killed and five others were hurt when a minivan crashed on the 10 Freeway in the Coachella Valley community of Desert Center overnight Tuesday.
A 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan carrying eight people was traveling east on Interstate 10 at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday when the wreck occurred, just west of Summit Road, according to California Highway Patrol.
The minivan, being driven by 67-year-old Collie Washington of Tarzana, drifted into the center divider and overturned, CHP reports. Four of the eight occupants were ejected.
A 10-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP said. His name was not immediately disclosed.
A 44-year-old woman and two boys, ages 9 and 16, were taken to three separate hospitals with major injuries. Two more passengers suffered minor injuries, CHP said, while two others were not hurt.
The four people who were ejected were not wearing seat belts, CHP confirmed.
Investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. The cause is under investigation.