Car runs off I-8, stopped by tree

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EL CENTRO – A single car accident on Interstate 8 Sept. 12 that ended with a car hitting a salt cedar tree resulted in moderate injuries for the driver and his three passengers, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol.

The 23-year-old male from Tempe, Arizona, was traveling eastbound at around 8:00 p.m. in a 2001 Honda Accord on I-8 with three passengers, a 27-year-old female from San Martin Peras, Oaxaca; a 27-year-old male from Valle Las Palmitas, Tecate; and a 15-year-old male from San Martin Peras, Oaxaca.

As the car traveled east past the Imperial Avenue offramp at a high rate of speed, the driver allegedly allowed the Honda to run off the road. The driver of the Honda apparently lost control of his vehicle and collided with a salt cedar tree, according to reports.

The driver suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the El Centro Regional Medical Center, as were the three other passengers, all with moderate injuries.

The collision is still under investigation. If anyone witnessed the collision, please contact Officer S. Alvarez, #18368 at the El Centro CHP office at 760-312-1800.