WHITEWATER — A Brawley woman died in an Interstate 10 crash that left two others with major injuries Sunday morning, June 16.
The crash, in the westbound lanes near the Whitewater rest area, was reported about 7:10 a.m. according to the California Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Brian King said the woman had just exited the rest area when her 2003 Ford Explorer began swerving. She appeared to be driving 65 mph when the SUV went down an embankment and crashed into trees.
The woman, identified as Desiree Wager, 57, died at the scene.
CHP investigators described the injured victims as a 61-year-old Brawley man and a 76-year-old woman from Oregon. The woman sat in the front passenger seat and the man was behind her when the crash occurred.
Paramedics took them to Desert Regional Hospital, where the other woman is being treated for injuries that are life-threatening, King said.
He added, "there's no indicator" that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, but the cause is still under investigation.
Officials blocked a portion of the right westbound lane and traffic continued to flow Sunday morning.
The crash site was less than 200 yards from the rest area and travelers watched from afar as officers and Cal Fire firefighters investigated the crash.
Onlookers said they were disturbed by the crash since it involved fellow travelers leaving the rest area where they had all just been during their own road trips.