Two killed in crash during dust storm
Five others injured Saturday in Newberry Springs
NEWBERRY SPRINGS • An eight-vehicle crash that killed two and injured five on Interstate 40 in Newberry Springs over the weekend was likely the result of a dust storm, authorities said.
A dust storm swept across the I-40 east of Fort Cady Road on Saturday at about 2 p.m. and created low visibility for passing motorists, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department.
“There was a total of eight vehicles (in the crash),” Barstow California Highway Patrol Officer Jeb Wheeler said Monday. He could not confirm if a dust storm was the primary factor in the incident.
The crash involved both passenger vehicles and big rigs, according to the county’s Sheriff-Coroner.
John Tinkler, a 74-year-old Dublin, Calif., resident, and an unidentified 71-year-old man from Green Valley, Ariz. — both traveling in passenger vehicles — were pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
The extent of injuries for some of the five who were injured remained unknown, Wheeler said.
For others, injuries ranged from complaints of pain to minor lacerations, Wheeler said.
Desert Ambulance was the primary transporter on the scene and CHP logs did not indicate that medical air support was called in, he said.
The CHP was investigating.
Shea Johnson can be reached at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com or 760-256-4126.