Two Hospitalized in Beaumont Wreck

Witnesses say one driver was speeding and possibly blew a stop sign right before the crash.

Police investigate a crash in Beaumont at the intersection of 6th and Xenia on July 2, 2014.   Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Renee Schiavone.
Police investigate a crash in Beaumont at the intersection of 6th and Xenia on July 2, 2014. Banning-Beaumont Patch photo by Renee Schiavone.
Two people were hospitalized— one of them with critical injuries— in a Wednesday afternoon crash in Beaumont.
The two-vehicle crash happened around 12:15 p.m. along 6th Street and Xenia, according to reports from the scene.
Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson tells Patch that two people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for injuries that happened as a result of the crash.  One person was in critical condition, while the other suffered minor injures, she said. 
The wreck involved a white Ford pickup truck and a white Mazda 6 sedan.  The sedan had major front end damage, while the truck appeared to have been hit from behind. 
Witnesses on scene said they saw the driver of the sedan speeding from the east towards the intersection, and that the driver may have blown the stop sign prior to slamming into the truck.  However, police could not immediately confirm those reports. 
While crews completed their investigation of the crash, 6th Street was closed east of Xenia. 
Patch will update this breaking news story as more information becomes available. 

Lonelle July 02, 2014 at 04:39 PM
I just witness a car go right through that stop sign last week. They didn't even slow down!
Urgirlie22 July 02, 2014 at 04:59 PM
Yes I was there the truck was leaving from swatmeet and the white car ran stop sign goin fast some whiskey shots flew out his car and a guy ran and checked, they grabbed a belt cause the guy in the car leg was barely attached by some skin.. I wounder if he was drunk?
Jo S July 02, 2014 at 05:20 PM
I can't understand why there isn't a light there. There is way too much traffic at that intersection especially when the sway meet is open. Next time it might be a pedestrian. I think that might be money well spent.
MH July 02, 2014 at 06:04 PM
We were traveling on 6th street just past the elks lodge and they guy in the sedan flew by us probably 60-70 miles an hour. I watched for his brake lights as he approached the stop sign and they didn't come on. I seen the truck turn out and knew it was going to be bad. It was a miracle he didn't kill himself or anyone else. There was a family on the corner waiting to cross the street and if he would have hit that truck in the door it would have killed them too. The guy was pretty messed up but still breathing when we got to the car. We couldn't tell if he was high or drunk.
Greg M July 02, 2014 at 06:53 PM
Jo....I can tell you why. It can easily cost in excess of $200,000 to retrofit an intersection with a traffic signal. The city does not have the money to repair the streets, let alone invest in an improvement such as this. It is unlikely that a signal would have prevented this particular accident.


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