PALMDALE (CBSLA) — A man riding in the passenger seat of a mortuary van was killed late Monday night after it was broadsided by another vehicle in Palmdale.

The crash happened at about 11:50 p.m. Monday at Sierra Highway and Palmdale Boulevard. Authorities say the mortuary van on Sierra Highway had a green light as the driver was turning left onto Palmdale Boulevard, when a vehicle going east on Palmdale at a high rate of speed slammed into the van, which overturned.

The passenger in the van, later identified as 59-year-old Marvin Bray of Palmdale, was declared dead at the scene, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. R. Klumpp said. The driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the second vehicle suffered serious injuries and was also taken to a hospital.

The van was transporting a body to a funeral home at the time of the crash.


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