Baker, CA Van Crash Kills Six, Jun 1999


Baker, Calif. - A flat tire may have caused a driver to lose control, sending the van rolling several times on a Mojave Desert freeway Sunday, killing six people and injuring four, the California Highway Patrol said.
Investigators were looking into the possibility that one of the van's tires lost air, causing the driver to drift into the dirt center divider, said CHP Sgt. Dennis Gaul.
The crash on Interstate 15 shortly before 11:30 a.m. backed up traffic for several miles on the freeway, which is the main route between Southern California and Las Vegas. Clothing and other items littered the side of the freeway near the crushed white van.
Ten people from the Vallejo area were in the 1998 Chevrolet Astro van. Nine passengers who were not wearing seat belts were flung from the van.
The driver and five other people died at the scene. Two girls, ages 14 and 16, and a man and woman in their 60s were taken to Las Vegas University Medical Center with minor injuries, the CHP said. None of the victims' names were released.

Reno Gazette-Journal Nevada 1999-06-21

Names of the victims were:
BENJAMIN JANOLO KALAGAYAN, 64, the driver, of Vallejo;
NIMFA LOCSO ANGELES, 51, of Benicia;
MELENCIA L. KALAGAYAN, age unknown, of Vallejo;
ANANIAS A. LOCSO, 85, of National City;
TERESITA I. PALOMAR, 67, of San Francisco;
MARIZA V. LOCSO, 43, of Vallejo.