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Three Who Died in Orange Street Crash Believed Redlands, Highland Residents

The deceased victims were believed to be a 19-year-old male resident of Redlands, a 33-year-old male resident of Highland, and a 58-year-old female resident of Redlands, coroner's personnel said.

Three people who died in a head-on crash involving two vans Thursday morning in north Redlands have been tentatively identified as residents of Redlands and Highland, coroner's personnel said in a statement.

The deceased victims were believed to be a 19-year-old male resident of Redlands, a 33-year-old male resident of Highland, and a 58-year-old female resident of Redlands, coroner's personnel said.

At 9:27 a.m. Jan. 17, a Chevy Safari van was headed south on Orange Street south of the Santa Ana River wash and a Toyota Sienna minivan was northbound, coroner's personnel said.

"The Chevy crossed the double yellow line and struck the Toyota head on," coroner's personnel said.

The deceased victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were being withheld "pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin," coroner's personnel said. "All were unrestrained passengers in the Toyota."

Orange Street, one of the primary routes connecting Redlands and Highland, was closed more than seven hours Thursday for investigation of the crash and the deaths. The road was re-opened about 4:45 p.m. Jan. 17.

Six other people - five occupants of the Toyota, and the driver and sole occupant of the Chevrolet - were hospitalized with injuries. An update on their conditions was not available Friday.

Results of the Redlands police investigation of the crash had not been released as of Friday afternoon.

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calmo January 20, 2013 at 05:51 PM
The stretch of Orange Street is unchanged from how it was over sixty years ago. I was southbound on it in the 50s when a vehicle appeared over the crest of the bench, attempting to pass traffic I was meeting, and there was no place for me to go to get out of his way. Fortunately he squeezed back into the line of cars he was attempting to pass. There are no physical obstructions to upgrading that short stretch of street to provide at least some substantial shoulder for escape space, instead of high curbs that can't be driven over. To continue to maintain a situation where there's no possible way to avoid an approaching head-on collision is completely without justification -- especially since it's been needing correction far more than half a century.

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