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Two High Desert residents killed in crash on State Route 247 in Landers


CORRECTION: The California Highway Patrol issued a correction to its news release. Police now say drugs and/or alcohol did not appear to have been a factor in the crash. The article has been updated with this new information

Two people from Twentynine Palms were killed in a crash Monday morning in Landers.

The crash happened at approximately 8:35 a.m. on State Route 247.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash involved a Jeep Cherokee and a Kia Optima.

Police said the driver of the Jeep passed a vehicle over double yellow lines within the northbound lane of SR-247. At some point, the front of the Jeep struck the front of the Kia.

A 33-year-old Twentynine Palms woman was pronounced dead at the scene. She was the passenger in the vehicle. The driver of the Kia, a 36-year-old Twentynine Palms man, was transported to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Their identities have not been released by the coroner's office as of Monday afternoon.

Police said the driver of the Jeep, a 39-year-old from Helendale, suffered major injuries and was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

CHP said the crash remains under investigation, but they do not believe that alcohol and/or drugs were a factor.

If anyone has any information on this crash, you are asked to call the Morongo Basin CHP Office at 760-366-3707.

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