At least two people died and five others were injured in a suspected wrong-way crash near Orinda early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Based on a preliminary investigation, it appears that the male driver of a Saturn Vue was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of the highway between Fish Ranch and Wilder roads when he collided head-on with a Toyota Camry, causing "catastrophic damage," the CHP said.
The male passenger in the Saturn was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. The driver of the Saturn was rushed to a hospital with major injuries, but he was later pronounced dead.
Five males, who are believed to be in their 20s, were inside the Toyota when the crash occurred, the CHP said. They all suffered major injuries and were transported to local hospitals.
The CHP said the driver of the Saturn may have been under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the crash. The driver of the Toyota was not suspected of being under the influence.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Anyone with information about the collision is encouraged to contact Contra Costa CHP at 925-646-4980.