UPDATE: Gene Autry Trail Reopens Following Overnight Closure
PALM SPRINGS - Emergency crews responded to a fatal crash late Thursday along Gene Autry Trail, just south of I-10. Police say two cars collided head-on. One driver, 54-year-old Joyce Stotz of Palm Springs died at the scene of the crash, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Bureau. The 20-year-old male driver of the second vehicle amd a 17-year-old female passenger were taken to the hospital with severe injuries
About a half-mile stretch of Gene Autry Trail was shut down in both directions between I-10 and Via Escuela, just north of Vista Chino, for several hours.
Investigators say Stotz was traveling northbound on Gene Autry Trail when she drove through a patch of sand, lost control of her vehicle and drove into the southbound lanes of traffic, colliding with another vehicle. Stotz was ejected from her car.
Palm Springs Police Department are investigating the crash.