5 ejected from van in fatal 605 crash

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Article Date: 3/5/2010 | Resource: MLG

5 ejected from van in fatal 605 crash

Authorities today identified one of two men killed when two vehicles overturned in a crash on the San Gabriel (605) Freeway.

Officer Al Perez of the California HIghway Patrol said the crash occurred on the northbound 605 just south of the Artesia (91) Freeway at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday.

Perez said a Ford van containing seven people, all of them not wearing seat belts, was traveling northbound in the No. 2 lane when the van attempted to move into the carpool lane and nearly collided with a Mitsubishi Lancer traveling north in the No. 1 lane. Both vehicles swerved to avoid a collision and hit the freeway’s center divider, he said. The van turned onto its right side, ejecting five of the passengers.

Two of the van’s passengers were killed, including one who was hit by the Mitsubishi, and five others were critically injured, Perez said.

One of the fatally injured was identified Thursday as Michael Harris, 67, of San Carlos, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner’s office. Authorities withheld the name of the other fatally injured man, who was in his 30s, pending family notification.

Perez said the Mitsubishi also overturned after hitting the center divider. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and was expected to survive, he said.

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Jeffrey Marquart