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Dump truck pushes PT Cruiser off 138 Freeway; 2 killed

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Two people killed after a dump truck loses control, pushes a PT Cruiser off the 138 Freeway

A dump truck collided with a car Tuesday night in the Cajon Pass, pushing the car off the freeway and killing two of the five passengers inside, authorities said.

The collision occurred shortly before 11:45 p.m. at the 15 and 138 freeways, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. The dump truck, a 10-wheeler carrying wet cement, came off the southbound 15 ramp, lost control and crashed into the car, a PT Cruiser heading west on the 138.

The car rolled several times underneath the truck and then went down a dirt embankment before landing in the parking lot of a Shell gas station, where it bent several cement posts, according to the Fire Department.

"It was a pretty horrific accident," Fire Department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez said.

Two of the passengers, one male and one female, died at the scene. The other three, all male, were injured. All five were teenagers or young adults.

It took firefighters nearly two hours to extricate the victims from underneath the dump truck, the Fire Department said. One was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, while the other two were transported by ground.

None of the victim's identities have been released. The driver of the truck was not injured.

The California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the incident.

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