A 3-year-old child and a teenager were among the five people killed when their small car slammed into an oncoming pickup truck on a two-lane highway in Northern California, authorities said Sunday.
The five victims were traveling in a Honda Civic that was in a passing lane when it was struck Saturday by an oncoming Chevy Silverado pickup truck about 40 miles southwest of Sacramento, the California Highway Patrol said.
Aaliyah Buenrostro, 17, 3-year-old Adelaynna G. Ortiz of Modesto, and two women died at the scene, authorities said. A 3-year-old boy died a few hours later at a hospital.
California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Bradley said the names of other victims will be released after their families are notified.
The Civic was in the passing lane on State Route 12 near Rio Vista when the driver lost control trying to get back into her own lane, authorities said. The car ended up back in the passing lane, and the oncoming Chevy Silverado slammed into it, CHP Officer Michael Bradley said.
The four people in the Silverado, a married couple and two older children, were hospitalized but not seriously injured, the CHP said. All were wearing seat belts, and the truck's air bags deployed.
It was unclear whether the people in the Civic were wearing seat belts. There was only one child seat found inside, Bradley said.
The area had periodic rain Saturday, but it wasn't clear if a slick road was a factor in the car losing control.