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Patrol Car in Fatal Collision Wasn't Using Lights, Siren

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UPDATE: Authorities say a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who hit an SUV while responding to a call and killed two passengers didn't have his lights and sirens on.

California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez says the deputy was driving in Palmdale and T-boned a 1994 Ford Explorer driving north into an intersection Saturday afternoon. Two backseat passengers, 31-year-old Robert Delgadillo of Palmdale and 20-year-old Sara M. Paynter of Van Nuys, weren't wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle as it spun. They died at the scene.

The SUV driver, 22-year-old Genaro Vasquez and his passenger 19-year-old Jaime Espinoza, were wearing seatbelts and suffered minor injuries.

The deputy was transported to a hospital with moderate injuries.

Hernandez said not all calls require lights and sirens.

The incident remains under investigation.

PREVIOUSLY:

(FOX 11/CNS) - Two people were killed and two others, including a sheriff's deputy, suffered minor injuries Saturday in the collision of a sheriff's patrol car and an SUV in Palmdale, authorities said.

The crash at the intersection of 17th Street East and Avenue R in Palmdale was reported at 4:27 p.m., according to Inspector Scott Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

A sheriff's deputy and one other person suffered minor injuries, Miller said.

The deputy was taken to a hospital for treatment, he said.

More details to come.

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