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Father and son die in separate accidents on Interstate 8

Last Thursday, a father and son were tragically killed in two separate accidents on Interstate 8.

The 16-year old son was involved in an accident on the highway at around 7 a.m. near Alpine.  The teen was riding in a vehicle driven by his mother.  For an unknown reason, the mother lost control of the vehicle, swerving off of the roadway.

The vehicle flipped and the 16-year old was ejected.  Paramedics pronounced the boy dead at the scene of the accident.  Investigators believe that the mother’s vehicle may have experienced a tire defect.

Just hours after hearing the news of his son’s death, the teen’s father was involved in a wrong-way accident on I-8.  According to the California Highway Patrol, the second accident occurred at around 1:15 p.m. near Tavern Road.  The father’s vehicle was witnessed driving erratically, westbound in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Tavern Road before colliding head-on with another vehicle.

The father was flown to a nearby hospital where he later passed away.  Another father and son were in the vehicle that the father struck head-on in the second accident and were treated for moderate injuries at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family during this difficult time.

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