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Three Hurt in Crash on Foggy Highway 18

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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:22 am

Five persons were taken to hospitals, two of them as a precaution, following a head-on collision between a pickup truck and an SUV on fog-shrouded Highway 18 below Crestline on Dec. 22.

According to a California Highway Patrol report, the accident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. near the 4,000-foot level, with visibility limited to about 100 feet.

CHP Officer Juan Quintero said a white 2000 Ford Ranger pickup, driven by Ruben Canales Jr., 58, of Rialto, was southbound when his vehicle crossed into the upbound lanes and collided with a green 2006 Toyota Sequoia driven by Evan Ravi Charles, 41, of Riverside.

Quintero said speed was apparently a factor, given the rainy, foggy conditions prevailing at the time. Neither alcohol nor distracted driving appeared to have contributed, he said.

County Fire paramedics transported Canales to St. Bernardine Medical Center for treatment of back pain, a bruise to his forehead and a cut to his right thumb.

Charles was also transported by County Fire to a Kaiser hospital after complaining of pain to his upper and middle back and the right side of his neck.

A passenger in his vehicle, Victoria Burskey, 42, also of Riverside, was also transported to the Kaiser facility for treatment of pain to her sternum and right shoulder.

Two minor children in Charles’ vehicle, a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy, were also taken to the Kaiser hospital as a precautionary measure, Quintero said. The children were properly positioned in car seats at the time of the collision, he said.

Quintero said it was not immediately clear what caused Canales’ truck to veer into oncoming traffic. Officer Ron Jedlick is conducting the investigation.

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