Three children among five killed in Highway 4 crash


Five people, including three children, were killed early Thursday morning when a wrong-way driver collided with another vehicle on state Highway 4 in Pittsburg, the California Highway Patrol said.

The wreck happened about 12:10 a.m., according to the CHP. All five people were declared dead at the scene. Their identities were not immediately released pending confirmation and notification of next of kin. Authorities did not say how old the children were.

According to CHP Ofc. Adam Lane, a Hyundai was driving east on Highway 4 in the westbound lanes. It crashed into a Ford Flex just west of Loveridge Road, he said.

Motorists first notified the CHP of the wrong-way driver. Moments later, reports arrived of a crash, Lane said.

The Hyundai had all three children in it, along with a driver, Lane said. The Ford had only the driver inside, with no passengers.

The crash was the second fatal incident on the highway in two days. On Wednesday, a pedestrian within the lanes of westbound traffic was struck and killed by a driver in Toyota Tacoma pickup truck near the San Marco Boulevard exit.

In 2022, there have been 13 fatal crashes on the highway. The Thursday-morning collision was the first one with more than one death. There were 16 fatal crashes on the highway last year — 14 with a single death and one incident with two deaths.

The CHP said it has not determined whether drugs or alcohol were involved. Toxicology tests will give them a better idea, the agency said.

The CHP diverted all westbound traffic off of Highway 4 at Loveridge Road until 3:30 a.m. The CHP then opened two lanes until about 4 a.m., when they opened the remaining three and ended a Sig Alert for severe traffic.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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