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Gravel causes crash on Hwy. 18

February 25, 2013

By KRIS REILLY
Editor

A patch of sand and gravel in the roadway contributed to a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 18 last week, authorities said.

Katherine Chandler, a 20-year-old Lucerne Valley resident, was driving a 1998 white Pontiac Sunfire westbound on Highway 18 shortly after 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 13, California Highway Patrol officer Matt Hunt said.

Just west of Rabbit Springs Road, Chandler came upon a large amount gravel in the roadway and slowed down. For reasons still under investigation, Chandler lost control of the vehicle and it rolled onto the dry lake bed north of the road.

Chandler had a complaint of pain but was not transported for medical treatment, Hunt said. No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

According to Hunt, the gravel fell out of a truck owned by First Choice Ready Mix out of Fontana. The driver of the truck said he was not aware that the gravel had fallen out of the truck, Hunt said.

The company offered to clean up the mess but CalTrans workers had already cleared the roadway by 10:30 a.m., Hunt said.