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.