Crash Kills 2 And Injures 5 Others Near Lake Elsinore

The crash on SR 74 was reported at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

A crash on the outskirts of Lake Elsinore Friday night has claimed two lives.

The two-vehicle wreck on State Route 74, east of the 15 Freeway -- between Theda Street and Mountain Avenue -- was reported at 6:45 p.m.

A total of seven people were killed or injured in the crash, including two who were pronounced dead at the scene; two people suffered major injuries, one suffered moderate and two suffered minor, according to a report from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson.

Survivors were transported to a local hospital via ground ambulance, Hendrickson reported.

The identities of the victims has not been released at press time.

Unconfirmed reports indicated the crash involved a black Chevy Suburban that rolled and a white SUV.

As is standard protocol, the cause of the crash is under investigation.

Charlie Garvin September 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
People drive too fast on that road for the curves.
JAnn September 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I drove through this devastating crash on my way home from work last night. It was horrifying. Paramedics had not arrived. It was obvious that lives were lost. I did witness something that we can all learn from. People of every color and every profession were working together as a team in the middle of the street on the side of the road and in dangers way. With all the disappointing political division surrounding us, I was profoundly humbled by the group of people that worked together last evening for the better of strangers. That's how it's supposed to be. To all of the selfless people that helped, thank you for making this world a better place.
Rellis September 22, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I love your comment JAnn.
cliff russell September 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Amen JAnn! We should all think like this more often and not just in times of tragedy. So sorry for their losses hope the survivors recover quickly.
Charles Baker September 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
After all the money spent on that road to make it safer, Safety STARTS with the drivers having some common sense and SLOWING DOWN. Years ago a senseless young man took a life on that road and to this day he regrets the senseless act of his. As you can figure, it was me. Stay sober and slow down.
Anthony Mandich September 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Well said Jann. In an emergency situation its time to put all the bullshit behind us and focus on the task at hand.
Vince September 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
"People of every color and every profession were working together as a team" Well...it was an unfortunate situation if lives were lost BUT...touching, or moving an injured person who has been in an accident when you are NOT a paramedic, fireman, policeman, etc. can turn into a mighty ugly can o' worms---a few years back I came upon a guy pinned underneath his Harley---his leg was crushed, and the middle of the bike (engine, etc.,) was on top of it...I called 911 on my cell, gave the location, and then picked up the back end of the bike and moved it over, and off his leg....I got it off his leg, and also bulged 3 discs in my lower back doing so...and then a few weeks later I got a call from his LAWYER....what a damn mess that turned into. After that particular experience if a vehicle isn't on fire with people trapped inside, or sinking into deep water, I'll just wait for the pro's...This whole country is so screwed up thanks to lawyers that it is a sad fact that you can expose yourself to being sued if you do indeed try to help someoine who has been in an accident. More power to any "civilians" who helped out, and with any luck at all they won't get sued for their actions.
JAnn September 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Charles, slowing down is so right. I can't imagine the pain a bad decision has caused you. I have 3 young drivers in my household. I wish they could understand your experience without having a life lost. My 21 year old son was with me yesterday as I drove by the accident. We were a few feet from the van that contained the fatalities. It was a wake up call for us both. I drive the 74 every day and watch young drivers texting and driving 60 mph! We need to go back to the days when we showed young drivers the actual pictures of the victims. We are so worried about what our kids see. Show the outcome just once and they will never forget. By the way, there was a newborn being pulled from a car seat as I drove by. A newborn baby. I know the baby survived but not sure about injuries.
ADGIRL September 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
How horrific! A baby JAnn!? Oh that makes me heartsick, I hope that its parents were alright, better yet I hope that the baby didnt get jolted the wrong way and is going to be fine. I drive by an accident a few months ago and the man was obviously deceased at the scene the paramedics were covering him up as I drove through the traffic, I said a little prayer for him as I did so. I know not everyone is religious, but for those who are, you don't know who knows God and who doesnt, if ever you see a tragic accident like that, a little prayer for their soul can not hurt. Praying all the injured people involved in this crash pull through and that the familes of the deceased find peace and healing.
Lee Ann September 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
That sucks that you got hurt trying to help the man... But for the lawsuit... there are good samaritan laws to protect people that do help in emergency situations so they can not be found liability for anything.... I hope your lawsuit was dropped...
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Very nice of you JAnn to take the time to write something nice on here for all to read. It certainly is a nice change of pace from all the devastating news. I look forward to reading more astute things from you in the future. Thanks!
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 05:49 PM
yeah Vince hope your story was dropped....
QUEEN September 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I'm sorry for the loss of any life,as a professional driver in a 40ft vehicle.I see people rushing past me to only see them at the next stop light, I call it hurry up & wait! Charles, you should take your story to the local schools,it could make the difference between saving a life! I applaud you for standing up!
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
I once drove by an accident and looked. It was two elderly people that had parished in their vehicle. They were still strapped in and someone had the decency to put a blanket over them. That experience will never leave me. After that I never "lookie-loo'd" again. People are never quite prepared for what they are going to see. I guess its just human curiosity but once you (get what you're after) you'll never do it again. Its frightening & stays with you the rest of your life. Does it teach you to drive any better? The answer is a resounding YES IT DOES!
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
To the victims & relatives of this horrific accident, my heart goes out to you. My sincere condolences for losses. Please except my deepest sympathy during this most difficult time.
Teller of Truth September 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
To JAnn, I don't know what your kids saw, but you might want to sit them down today and talk deeply about their feelings. That will only help. Don't lecture them about the evils of driving recklessly or too fast etc. But listen to them. When children witness something as tramatic as this they need an outlet for their emotions. Let them get it out. And in the next few days if you notice them displaying any unusual behaviors or signs of shock or deep sadness, there are always councilors to talk to. Not telling you how to parent. Only a helpful suggestion from someone whos been there.
Good Samaritan September 22, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Very sad story and my thoughts and prayers go to lives lost and the families that lost loved ones.
Constant Comment September 23, 2012 at 05:30 AM
God bless those that fly away to heaven way too soon......
TheMrs September 23, 2012 at 04:01 PM
That just gave me goosebumps. Yes, it is an amazing sight to see people humbled and working together to do for others. A terrible tragedy nonetheless, but I'm happy to hear we have such people who will stop whatever is going on their days to help victims.


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