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Two men die in early morning highway crash

Updated 4/11/2010 with names of deceased.

BARSTOW • Two Gardena men were killed at about 4 a.m. Thursday after their 2005 Honda rear-ended a tractor trailer on northbound Interstate 15 near the Lenwood Road off-ramp.

A third passenger was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with moderate injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver — Rene Rivas, 42 — and unidentified injured passenger had been wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. The deceased passenger — Kevin Okada, 36 —  also of Gardena, had not been wearing a seat belt.

Because of the crash officers were forced to close all lanes on the northbound side of I-15 as well as the Lenwood Road off ramp for about two hours. The CHP is still investigating the collision.

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