A lane change by a new mid-engine 2020 Corvette apparently led to a fatal accident involving a 2014 Camaro in Rancho Cucamonga, California on May 2.
According to the California Highway Patrol:
Both cars were traveling north on I-15 at speeds greater than 65 miles per hour about 5:13 p.m. when they went out of control while passing under the State Route 210 Freeway.
The 40-year-old Corvette driver changed lanes, spinning out of control and winding up on the right shoulder, with only minor damage done to the car. He was not injured.
However, the Camaro veered off to the right, went up the concrete embankment under the 210, and burst into flames after hitting a concrete pylon that holds up the overhead 210 Freeway lanes.
A report on vvng.com says that multiple vehicles stopped and tried to break out a window to get the Camaro driver out, but the flames proved to be too strong and they couldn’t get close enough. Unfortunately, the driver remained in his seat as the car burned, and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Callers to 911 reported that the two cars were involved in a speed contest before the accident, but CHP says the official cause of the crash is still under investigation.
“Both vehicles were taken for evidence, which means we will be downloading computer information from both to determine the speeds of the vehicles at the time of the crash,” said CHP Officer Jesus Garcia, a department spokesman. “We will also be looking for possible witnesses to see what happened.”
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