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Fatal crash victim identified

Posted: January 27, 2013 3:38 p.m.
Updated: January 27, 2013 3:38 p.m.

The driver of a Ford F-350 work truck was airlifted to the hospital after firefighters used the jaws of life to extricate the man after his truck collided with a Ford F-150 pickup truck on Sierra Highway near Davenport Road in Santa Clarita on Saturday evening. The driver of the other truck died at the scene.

A man killed in a traffic collision Saturday night has been identified as 52-year-old Rigoberto Conchas of Agua Dulce, a spokesman for the coroner’s office said.

Two other people - a passenger in Conchas’ truck and the driver of a second vehicle - were injured in the crash and taken to hospital.

Conchas, of Eagleset Avenue, died in a collision involving two trucks Saturday about 5:43 p.m. near the intersection of Sierra Highway and Davenport Road, not far from his home, according to the California Highway Patrol officer investigating the crash.

An autopsy is expected to be done on the victim’s body Monday, Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner said Sunday.

Relatives of the victim met with officials at the coroner’s office Sunday, coroner's officials confirmed.

Conchas was traveling southbound on Sierra Highway, south of Davenport Road, in a 1999 Ford F-150, at an unknown speed, said investigating CHP Officer Peter Bishop in his report.

A second vehicle, a 2005 Ford F-350, was traveling northbound on Sierra Highway, also south of Davenport at an unknown speed, he said.

“For reasons yet to be determined, (Conchas) veered to the left, crossing the double yellow line,” Bishop reported.

“Directly into the path of (the other truck) The two trucks collided, killing Conchas at the scene and sending two people to hospital.

A passenger in Conchas’ truck was described a 52-year-old man, of Canyon Country.

The driver of the other truck, described only as a 58-year-old Agua Dulce man.

Firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department used hydraulic sheers to cut metal from the crumpled trucks, according to witnesses at the scene.

Of the two survivors, one was airlifted to a local hospital and the other taken to hospital by ambulance, according to CHP.

Sierra Highway is closed off in both directions and expected to be restricted for at least the next three hours, CHP confirmed.

The crash occurred less than a mile from the Conchas home.

The crash is being investigated.


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