Police are currently investigating a collision involving a van and an SUV that collided Monday evening, leaving 3 dead and 15 others injured.

Four graduates of Cathedral Catholic High School were driving in a Ford Explorer SUV when the driver lost control of the vehicle and swerved into oncoming traffic. The Explorer collided with a van carrying a cross-country team headed to high-altitude training camp, and burst into flames. Two passengers from the SUV were killed. Police have recently identified the 2 Cathedral Catholic graduates as Amanda Post and Natalie Nield, both former cross-country atheletes. The crash also claimed the life of the driver of the van, identified as Cal Baptist’s Cheerleading Coach, Wendy Rice.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy Shane Scott witnessed the crash while driving and went back to assist the victims. Scott pulled one passenger from the burning SUV and heard another passenger screaming for help inside, but was unable to rescue her.

15 other passengers have been treated for serious burns and injuries, including one passenger who was airlifted to a hospital in Reno, Nevada to be treated for severe head trauma.

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers would like to extend our sincerest condelences and prayers to the family and friends of the deceased. We also wish for a speedy recovery of those injured in the crash.

Ryan Harris is a San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer and the managing attorney of Harris Personal Injury Lawyers; a San Diego law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of injured persons and their families. If you or a family member have sustained injuries or have been killed in a San Diego County auto accident please visit our website at www.harrispersonalinjury.com or call 1-877-231-9970 for a free consultation.

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