2 changing tire killed in Southern California freeway crash

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Two people changing a flat tire were killed while on the shoulder of a Southern California freeway when a box truck drifted out of its lane and struck them, authorities said.

The man and woman in their 50s were outside of two parked cars along Interstate 215 in San Bernardino when the collision occurred late Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

One of the two had arrived in another vehicle to help change the flat, left-rear tire of a 1997 Toyota Camry, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.

Officials said they both lived in Perris. Their names and relationship were not immediately released.

The box truck, a 2013 Ford, went out of its lane and onto the shoulder, striking the rear of the Camry and the couple, the highway patrol said.

The truck driver was a 22-year-old resident of Ontario, the newspaper said.

There was no immediate evidence that drugs or alcohol were a factor and the crash was under investigation, authorities said.