Two motorists were killed today and another was seriously injured in a rollover crash on Interstate 215.
The crash occurred at approximately noon today on the northbound I-215, just south of McCall Blvd. in Menifee, a Riverside County Fire Department report said.
According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Nathan Baer, a Mercedes sedan carrying three occupants — two men and a woman — was traveling in the number one lane at about 70 mph when the driver lost control.
“For some unknown reason, (the car) drifted over toward the center median. The driver then turned back to get back to the right to get back into the lane and most likely over corrected,” Baer said.
The vehicle then became airborne from the right shoulder and overturned before crashing.
Baer said that one man was ejected from the car and killed instantly after suffering major head trauma. A second man had to be freed from the passenger side, but was pronounced dead at the scene. And a third person, a woman, was partially ejected from the car and immediately transported to Inland Valley Medical Center with major injuries.
None of the vehicle’s occupants was wearing a seat belt, Baer said.
Without knowing the distraction that caused the vehicle to drift, Baer said that motorists should try to avoid an over-correcting maneuver while driving.
“Let off the gas and ease back onto the roadway so that you don’t lose control (of the car),” he said.
Baer added that with the passenger area of the car remaining intact, the deaths could have been avoided had the occupants used the seat belts.
Commuters can expect delays on the northbound I-215 while authorities at the scene continue their investigation.