6 people killed in wrong-way crash along California highway
WOODLAND (KTXL) -- The California Highway Patrol says six people were killed early Sunday morning along Interstate 5 near Woodland.
Around 12:30 a.m. officers got reports of a wrong-way driver, traveling southbound in northbound lanes. Officers received several calls and were actively trying to find the wrong-way driver at the time of the crash.
CHP investigators say the wrong-way car, described as a Chevrolet, hit a Dodge in the same lane. Both vehicles were on fire when officers responded.
The woman driving the Chevrolet and the three women and two men in the Dodge were killed. The two drivers were the only people wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to CHP reports.
Inside the Dodge were Christian Paiz and Jessica Garcia, according to friends. Husband and wife Cristian Lopez-Cambron and Raquel Lopez-Valencia were also inside. Friends tell FOX40 the two had just married. Also riding in the car was Lopez-Cambron's sister, Yaneth Lopez, who had just graduated high school. They all died in the crash.
A person close to the passengers in the Dodge told FOX40 the five friends were driving home from a Denny's in Woodland when the fatal crash occurred.
The driver of the wrong-way vehicle has not been identified.
Investigators say it's unclear if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
Witnesses say there was heavy fog in the area.
Anyone with information about the crash as asked to contact the California Highway Patrol Woodland office at (530) 662-4685.
The victims in the crash have not been identified.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for the victims of the crash.