A tragic accident killed two teens in Phelan, San Bernardino County, California Tuesday night, when a construction truck delivering concrete lost control and rolled, pushing the teen’s car down an embankment.
Reports KTLA5 News: “The collision, which injured three others, occurred shortly before 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of the 15 and 138 freeways in Phelan, according to Tracy Martinez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.”
The concrete truck was exiting the freeway when the driver said he lost his brakes, plowing through a stop sign intersection and slamming into the PT Cruiser that the five teens were riding in. The teens were reportedly driving home after spending a day at the beach.
“The truck exited at Highway 138, came through the stop sign and collided with a green PT Cruiser,” Capt. Kyle Hauducoeu of the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.
The truck pushed the cruiser off the highway, rolling on it and pushing it down an embankment and into a Shell gas station and Subway parking lot. The Cruiser came to a stop pinned underneath the truck.
Killed at the scene were 18-year-old Nicole Brittney Lyle and 16-year-old John Anthony Cabrera Jr. Three others were taken to the hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured.
Shane Gretzner was one of the others in the crash. He managed to escape with only two broken ribs.
“Considering what the car looked like, I shouldn’t even be walking,” Gretzner said.
The other two occupants of the car remain hospitalized at St. Mary Medical Center.
NBC Los Angeles carried video of the story and photos of the crash scene and reported that a candlelight vigil was held Wednesday night for those killed in the crash.
“It’s touching because deep down I know this community had a love for little John and Nicole,” a friend of the teens said at the vigil. “The amount of people that showed up tonight was pretty awesome, that goes to show how amazing these two were as people.”