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UPDATE: 15-year-old girl from Antioch one of two killed in crash on I-5 Sunday

Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 23:35:59-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — (UPDATE Aug. 18, 2020) The California Highway Patrol said a crash on Interstate 5 Sunday resulted in the death of two people, including a 15-year-old girl from Antioch.

The coroner has identified the two people who died, a girl and a woman, as 15-year-old Courtney Louisville and 56-year-old Matilde Saavedra.

Two other juveniles from Atlanta, Georgia were also injured in the crash.

CHP said the driver of a 2008 Ford was driving southbound on I-5 when he lost control of his vehicle, traversed a dirt median and entered the opposing northbound traffic lane, where his vehicle collided with a Honda SUV. The Ford subsequently collided with a semi-truck northbound on the I-5.

As a result of the collision, Saavedra, who was driving the Honda died at the scene as well as Louisville.
The other passengers and the driver of the Ford were taken to Kern Medical.

The driver of the semi-truck did not suffer any injuries resulting from the collision.

A previous version of this story stated the 15-year-old was from Atlanta, Georgia based on a report from the CHP. The coroner's office has since identified her as from Antioch.

Two people have died and several people are injured after a multi-vehicle collision occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 Sunday afternoon, just north of State Route 99.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a pickup truck, a sedan and a semi-truck were involved in the collision, prompting one of those vehicles to roll over.

Major backups were reported at the time on State Route 166 and on the I-5 North. All roadways have since reopened.

CHP confirmed that two people died and four others were transported to a hospital with varying injuries. Two patients sustained minor injuries and two others sustained major injuries.

Alcohol and drugs are not a factor in the collision, according to CHP.