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.