LANCASTER (CBSLA.com) — Investigators say excessive speed was a factor in a crash that left three people dead in Lancaster Friday.
A Jeep and a pickup truck collided at the intersection of Avenue K and 25th West about 6:10 p.m. Friday.
Police say the Jeep was traveling fast when it collided with the truck.
The SUV hit a utility pole before slamming into a tree. The impact was so powerful, the Jeep’s tailgate was wedged high up in the tree.
Five people were inside the Jeep. Four were thrown from the vehicle. Three died. Two others remain hospitalized.
Officials on Saturday identified two of the three deceased as 19-year-old Lancaster resident Christopher McGlory and 12-year-old Palmdale resident Everado Simental. They were both declared dead at the scene. The third victim was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Residents say the intersection is dangerous.
“This is a blind corner. When people run this red light, it’s pretty bad. This happens, I would say, once every two weeks,” said Jason Larimore, a Lancaster resident.
“When we hear the screeching of tires and the crunching of metal, we grab our cups of coffee and come out here and pray that there hasn’t been another life lost,” Debbie Calvert, another resident, said.
The driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries.