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Fatal accident on U.S. 395 claims young man

November 9, 2010

The aftermath of a fatal crash that occurred Nov. 6. Twenty-year-old Long bEach resident Rafael Contreras died after his Honda sedan hit this cottonwood tree on the west side of U.S. 395 just south of the Mill Creek exit. MAMMOTH TIMES PHOTO/ALONA KENNY

A 20-year-old Long Beach man died in a fluke accident just south of the the Mill Creek exit on U.S. 395 when his car hit a tree this past Saturday, Nov.6, at about 10:45 a.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Rafael Contreras was headed south on 395 in the easternmost lane, when for an unknown reason, his 1994 Honda veered onto the shoulder. He then overcorrected, travelled across both lanes to the west and travelled down the west shoulder embankment where he hit a large cottonwood tree on the side of the road.

The Honda was wrapped almost completely around the tree by the time rescue workers arrived and Contreras sustained fatal injuries.

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