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LOCAL : 2 Killed in Palmdale as Truck Hits Van Bound for Movie Set

From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Two people on their way to a movie location were killed and a mother and daughter were injured this morning near Palmdale when a pickup truck sped through a stop sign and struck a van broadside, the California Highway Patrol reported.

A 62-year-old Los Angeles man and a 43-year-old woman from Van Nuys, who were in the van, were killed in the 7:15 a.m. accident at 110 Street East and Palmdale Boulevard, said CHP Officer Mike Reis. Their names were not released pending notification of their families.

A mother and her teen-age daughter, who were in the pickup truck, were seriously injured and taken to Palmdale Medical Center, the CHP said. Their names were unavailable.

The two fatally injured motorists had been heading eastbound on Palmdale Boulevard to a nearby movie set where they were working, Reis said. As they passed through the intersection where brush in the surrounding desert is six feet high, their van was struck by the southbound pickup which ran a stop sign, he said.

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Reis said the pickup’s speedometer was stuck on 65 m.p.h., indicating the driver had been speeding. The accident occurred at an intersection east of Palmdale where wooden signs have been erected as memorials to victims of two other fatal accidents there.

After the accident, other employees from the set of the movie, “Radio Flyer,” drove to the scene and identified the victims. They said that today was scheduled to be the last day of shooting at the location.


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