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Authorities identify two killed in rollover crash, baby's condition still unknown

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Authorities have identified the two people who were killed when their semi-truck rolled over near Sasabe on Wednesday night. 

The driver, 50-year-old Gerald Calip and his passenger, 47-year-old Carolyn Conner, were both from Hayward, CA.

They died at the scene. 

A baby boy survived, and was airlifted to the Banner - University Medical Center. 

According to Arizona Department of Public Safety Spokesman Quentin Mehr, the crash happened at 7:46 p.m. on State Route 286, north of Sasabe. 

The semi, which was loaded with coal, was heading northbound on SR 286 near milepost 13.6 from the Sasabe Port of Entry when Calip was unable to negotiate a turn and lost control of the vehicle.

The semi rolled onto its side and went off the road. 

Both Calip and Conner were not wearing their seat belts. 

The baby boy was also not properly restrained in a child restraint seat. 

All three were ejected from the truck. 

Trooper Karl Jensen with the Arizona Highway Patrol Commercial Enforcement Unit said it appears speed was a factor. 

"I've noted through experience is that a lot of times when someone is not wearing a seat belt and they are thrown from the vehicle, [the vehicle] tends to roll on top of them…that's what is looks like,” Jensen said.

SR 286 was closed in both directions for several hours.

The baby's condition is still unknown. 

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