1 Killed in I-10 Crash East of Coachella
One person was killed and another injured Sunday in a crash along I-10 east of Coachella. It’s the first fatality this year along this dangerous stretch of highway that has seen several fatalities in recent years.
The crash occurred around 3:30 a.m. on eastbound I-10, just west of the Cactus City rest stop. A Hyundai Elantra drifted left in the eastbound lane, colliding with a guardrail. The vehicle then overturned, ejecting the driver—a 40-year-old Redlands man whose name has not been released. The driver was pronounced dead at 4:02 a.m. Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.
A 45-year-old female passenger was taken to the hospital for minor injuries from the crash. The passenger was wearing a seat belt, according to investigators.
The fatal accident remains under investigation. Last year, seven people were killed in crashes along the 45-mile stretch of I-10 between Dillon Road and Highway 177. The year before, there were 13 fatalities along that stretch.
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