Woman airlifted after overturning SUV
BAKER • A Colorado woman was airlifted to a Las Vegas trauma center after she lost control of her vehicle and overturned near Baker, officials said.
At approximately 8:57 a.m., a black SUV traveling northbound veered off the right shoulder of Interstate 15, just north of Afton Road, California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said. According to Spiker, the woman lost control for unknown reasons, forcing the vehicle to overturn at least three times.
When Baker ambulance and fire crews arrived, they found the SUV about 300 feet off the side of the freeway, with the woman trapped inside her vehicle, Spiker said. Once extracted from the vehicle, the woman, 50, complained of back and neck pains.
Spiker said the woman was airlifted by Mercy Air to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for precautionary reasons. According to Spiker, the woman could not remember much about what happened.
Spiker said the person that reported the collision to 911 was an off-duty EMT, who believed there may have been a fatality.
“By the time we got there, the situation wasn’t as severe as originally reported,” Spiker said.
Spiker, who has been with the Barstow CHP for almost a year, said he has noticed there have been quite a few collisions in that particular area.
“It’s nothing unusual, it’s just a straight stretch of highway,” Spiker said. “We get a lot of tire failures, people fall asleep and motorist driving fast. I can’t really explain why because it’s a straight portion of roadway, it just seems to be a spot where we have had a lot of collisions in that area.”
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.