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Summer vehicle fatalities rise to 9

Fort Tejon crash claims life of man from Reseda

Posted: July 11, 2008 1:09 a.m.
Updated: September 11, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

A 40-year-old Reseda man was killed Wednesday night on Interstate 5 near Fort Tejon after a traffic collision caused the vehicle he was driving to explode, officials announced Thursday.

The man was trapped in his vehicle and did not survive the blaze. According to the county Coroner’s Office, the body was “extremely charred.” No further identification was available Thursday.

The Reseda man was driving south on I-5 when his Ford Mustang became disabled in the far left lane near the Tejon Pass overcrossing, said California Highway Patrol Officer Sanchez. At about 8:10 p.m., the Mustang was reportedly struck by a GMC Yukon driven by Laurie Hargreaves, 42, of Ladera Ranch.

The exact speed of the Yukon was unknown, Sanchez said in his report.

The Mustang reportedly burst into flames upon impact.

A passenger in the Mustang — Nupinder Singh, 59, of Reseda — was reportedly outside of the vehicle when the collision occurred; he was not injured.

Hargreaves suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment. Two passengers were in the Yukon — Guy Hargreaves, 42, and Delanie Hargreaves, 11.

Sanchez said Guy Hargreaves was also taken to Newhall Memorial to treat his moderate injuries. He was apparently not wearing a seat belt, according to the report. Delanie Hargreaves did not suffer any injuries.
Alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

It was unclear what caused the Mustang to be disabled.

Fort Tejon is located in Lebec, about 40 miles north of Valencia.

Wednesday’s crash brings the local vehicle-related death toll to nine people since June 22. In addition to Wednesday’s crash, seven deaths were in Santa Clarita Valley, and one involved a Valencia man driving near Sunland.

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