Four people, including two children, were killed and a 5-year-old boy was in critical condition after the sedan they were in hit a big rig head on on a desert road Friday morning, the CHP said.
The crash happened in a remote area just outside of Lancaster about 9 a.m. A black sedan heading west on East Avenue G collided head on with a big rig traveling in the opposite direction.
Inside the sedan were five people. The sedan's driver, a 62-year-old woman, was died at the scene. The front passenger, a 59-year-old woman, died at the hospital. In the back were three boys who were taken to a hospital, where two died. They were between the ages of 7 and 11. A third boy, a 5 year old, is in critical condition with serious injuries.
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The driver of the big rig suffered minor injuries and stayed on scene.
He spoke with investigators and after several hours, he was allowed to leave.
CHP officers were investigating the cause of the crash.
"As you can see behind me, this is a straightaway," said CHP Officer Monique Micheaux. "Unfortunately we don’t have any of the adults in the black vehicle to tell us how this occurred, but our officers are here on scene to try and figure out how this tragedy happened."