WONDER VALLEY — A 70-year-old Twentynine Palms man was killed in a head-on collision on Amboy Road east of Sandy Lane at 7:22 p.m. Wednesday.

Robert Charles Payne was driving a 2000 Subaru Outback east on Amboy Road. His car collided head-on with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma heading west on Amboy Road with Cameron J. Turner, 19, of Twentynine Palms, at the wheel and Jason S. Bussell, 22, of Twentynine Palms, in the passenger seat. The Toyota was towing another vehicle on a tow dolly.

The reason the two vehicles collided is unknown, according to a California Highway Patrol report.

After the collision, Payne’s Subaru came to rest facing east on the south dirt berm while the Toyota came to rest facing east in the middle of the road.

Payne was pronounced dead on the scene.

Turner suffered major injuries. He and Bussell were transported by ambulance and then helicopter to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.

The collision is under investigation by the highway patrol. Witnesses are encouraged to call the CHP station at (760) 366-3707.

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Trying to find out what happened to cause that accident last night. I had gotten a late start from the Red Rock Canyon area of Las Vegas and decided to take the "short cut" through the desert to Palm Springs and ended up as the third car behind all the flashing lights last night. There was a young man who belonged to the second car in line giving out info. to the rest of us in line - that it was going to be a long wait before the road was cleared and to turn around and take an alternate route. I could not see anything clearly as there were lots of flashing lights from the police cars but what I will always remember was the silence. There was no talking, shouting, ambulance siren, any sirens, just silence on a beautiful warm desert night. I did not witness the accident but I will not forget the timing for me to have been there when two stars collided.

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