MERCED (CBS13) – Authorities say three people have died after a crash near Merced on Wednesday morning.
The scene is on northbound Highway 99, south of Mission Avenue.READ MORE: Sacramento Judge Rejects US Bid To Send Refugee To Iraq In Terror Case
California Highway Patrol’s Merced division says a pickup truck was heading south down the highway when, for an unknown reason, the driver crossed over to the northbound lanes and right into the path of an SUV.READ MORE: City Of Davis Cancels Annual Fourth Of July Celebration Due To Public Health Risks
The driver and passenger of the pickup, identified as 50-year-old residents of Modesto, were killed in the crash. The driver of SUV, a man in his 20s from Chowchilla, was also killed in the crash.
CHP is still investigating the crash and it is unclear if the driver of the pickup was under the influence at the time.MORE NEWS: ‘Kill Me;’ Stunning BodyCam Video Of Danville Police Shooting Released; Officer Faces Charges In Prior Suspect Killing
Both the number 1 and 2 lanes of northbound Highway 99 in the area are blocked for the time being.