Two Bakersfield teenage girls killed in crash on Interstate 5


Two teenagers from Bakersfield were killed and two more teenagers were injured in a solo-vehicle crash on Interstate-5 Sunday.

CHP said they found the wreckage around 5:30 p.m on the northbound side of the I-5, south of Grapevine Road.

CHP said an unknown gray vehicle changed lanes in front of the Jeep Wrangler, which was occupied by the four teens, causing the driver of the Jeep to take evasive action. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle, leading to the Jeep hitting an embankment and overturning an unknown number of times.

CHP said the four teenage girls were taken to the hospital, where two of them were later pronounced dead.

The two who were killed have been identified as 18-year-old Amal Shurbaji, who recently graduated Stockdale High School. And 15-year-old Sidney Chang who was a freshman at Stockdale High School.

Amal Shurbaji was heavily involved at the Stockdale High School. She was on mock trail, speech and debate, and the science club. She was also a leader in the Islamic community, serving as a board member for the Muslin Youth of North America. She was also headed to UC Berkeley to major in Political Science.

Family friends say she was someone you could always count on.

"Whenever you needed someone to talk to easily you could go to Amal, whenever you needed to laugh Amal always has that laugh," said Arsh Mehta.

CHP said an 18-year-old female passenger suffered major injuries and the 17-year-old female driver suffered minor injuries.

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