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Head-on collision kills 1 person, injures 4

Officials from California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department reported to the scene of a fatal head-on collision in Mountain Center on Oct. 29. Riverside County sheriff's deputies and AMR medics were also on the scene of the accident after 911 calls came in at 10:33 a.m. One accident victim was declared dead at the scene while four other victims were treated for minor to severe injuries.

The fatal collision involved two cars that crashed into each other along Highway 74 near Courtesy Drive in the San Jacinto Mountains. First responders found a red Ford sedan and a white Ford pickup truck with extensive damages to their front ends. Firefighters had to extricate two people from the sedan using a cut and rescue operation, but one of the victims was already deceased.

One of the surviving victims sustained serious injuries, one victim had minor injuries and two victims had moderate injuries. Paramedics and firefighters provided on-site treatment to all four of the accident survivors. Animal Control was required to report to the scene for a dog that was inside one of the cars. Following the head-on collision, traffic on Highway 74 was diverted around the crash scene so that officers could begin an investigation.

Although the results of the investigation have not been released, a head-on collision frequently involves one of the motorists passing improperly or otherwise being in the path of oncoming traffic. If it can be shown that such an accident was indeed due to the negligence of another driver, an attorney might assist an injured victim in pursuing compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages and other applicable damages.

Source: Anza Valley Outlook, "Article Title," Trevor Montgomery, Oct. 29, 2016

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