A head-on collision on a Big Bear Lake mountain road claimed the lives of two men recently. A 65-year old man driving a Toyota was heading up Highway 38 while a 45-year old man driving a pickup truck was going the other way. It is not known why, but the man heading up the highway veered into the other lane and collided head-on with the 45-year old.
California Highway Patrol reported that both men were going at about 50 mph, making their combined speed at about 100 mph - making it a very strong impact. A passenger in the truck driven by the 45-year old man was taken to a nearby hospital with major injuries. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene and the other driver died at the hospital.
The fatal accident is under investigation to determine why the 65-year old drifted into the lane going in the opposite direction; alcohol was not a factor.