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Ventura County, California — February 20, 2013

Officials say two motorists died in a fiery head-on collision near Oxnard Wednesday morning.

According to California Highway Patrol, 21-year-old Thalia Torres of Oxnard was traveling northbound in her pickup truck near the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Laguna Road around 8:50 a.m. when she left the roadway for unknown reasons. In attempting to correct her vehicle, she crossed over the center line and collided with a vehicle driven by an unidentified male motorist. The impact caused both vehicles to catch on fire.

Ms. Torres and the other driver died at the scene from their injuries. No one else was involved.

Officials are conducting an ongoing investigation to determine the cause of this incident.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency reports an estimated 258,500 highway vehicle fires occurred annually in the United States from 2004 to 2006.

UPDATE: The second motorist has been updated as 41-year-old Rafael Garcia Gutierrez.

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