According to a story appearing on the Patch.com website, two people are dead following a four vehicle crash in Winchester on Wednesday morning.
According to Officer Jason Montes with the California Highway Patrol, the fatal crash happened at approximately 11:40 a.m. when the driver of an International box truck collided with a Chevrolet Silverado, a BMW and two other vehicles that were stopped a traffic signal at the intersection of Domenigoni Parkway and Leon Road.
The speed that the truck was traveling caused the driver of the Silverado to move to the left to avoid being struck. The truck crashed into the Silverado’s right rear end before directly striking the BMW sedan.
In a chain reaction, the truck then slammed into a nearby light pole and into a fire hydrant. The force of impact forced the BMW into a ditch. The 32 year-old woman driving the BMW and a 25-year-old male passenger behind her were killed in the crash. Authorities say that the victims were siblings.
A 31-year-old man, also inside the BMW, was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Debris from the collision also struck a Dodge Durango. Both occupants inside the vehicle were unhurt.
The Cal Fire / Riverside Fire Department told reporters that a Hazmat team had to be called to the scene of the crash to clean up approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto the roadway.
The driver of the big rig that caused the crash has been identified as 39-year-old Delwyn Dewion Randle of Westminster. Randle was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs. He was taken and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
The CHP says that more serious charges are likely pending as the result of the crash fatalities.