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Remains of an Infiniti sedan after a head-on collision on Hwy 395 Sunday. / Courtesy Photo

Teen fights for life after Hwy 395 head-on crash

By LAURA AUSTIN News Review Staff Writer–

Last Sunday night, March 19, at approximately 11 PM, the California Highway Patrol and the Kern County Fire Department were dispatched to an expanded traffic collision on Highway 395 north of Searles Station Cutoff and about 2.5 miles south of China Lake Blvd turnoff.

A 17-year-old Ridgecrest resident was driving an Infiniti sedan northbound on US 395. Another Ridgecrest resident operator of a double-trailer semi was driving southbound on US 395 north of the Infiniti. The driver of the Infiniti apparently attempted to pass another northbound vehicle when he collided with the left side of the semi-trailer while passing in the southbound lane.  The Infiniti then collided head-on with the southbound Ford F150, driven by a Rosamond resident.

When the accident occurred, the F-150 was traveling southbound on US 395 behind the semi-truck. The impact of the collision caused the driver of the Infiniti to be ejected from his vehicle. He sustained major injuries and was later flown via air ambulance to Antelope Valley Hospital Trauma Center where he remains in  critical condition. The driver of the Ford F150 pickup sustained minor injuries.