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Man dies after crash with semi near Baker

Apple Valley man unhurt


BARSTOW• A motorist was killed instantly when he collided into the fourth axle of a semi truck-trailer driven by an Apple Valley man Wednesday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred about 10 miles north of Baker off Interstate 127, a two-lane highway that connects to Baker and Interstate 15, CHP officer Don Spiker said.

The driver who died on impact was traveling southbound and in the opposite direction of the semi-truck when for an unknown reason he drifted into the other lane as the two vehicles approached each other, Spiker said.

The man who died was driving a silver 2009 Honda Civic and was accompanied by a 51-year-old female passenger, he said. Both people inside the Honda Civic were from Pahrump, Nev.

The woman suffered minor injuries and was taken by Baker Ambulance to University of Nevada, Las Vegas Medical Center, he said. The 55-year-old driver of the Freightliner was unhurt, according to CHP.

Traffic was light on the two-lane highway and was not backed up when officials arrived on scene at 1:08 p.m., according to Spiker. Both lanes were shut down until 1:39 p.m. when the CHP opened up the west shoulder and began controlling traffic.

The collision was under investigation by CHP.

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