Five lives were lost, including those of two toddlers, after an attempt to pass on a two-lane road went horribly wrong.
According to the California Highway Patrol, two women, a teenager, and two toddlers died in a direct head-on crash on Highway 12 in Sacramento County.
Three of the victims have been identified as 21-year-old Annalicia Mona Montoya, 17-year-old Aaliyah Buenrostro, and 3-year-old Adelaynna Ortiz.
Michael Bradley, a California Highway Patrol Officer, told The Sacramento Bee that the names of the other victims will be released once their families have been contacted. It is unclear how they are related to each other.
The incident occurred around 5:35 pm on April 9. The five people who passed away were passengers in a Honda Civic at the time of the fatal crash. The driver of the Honda Civic originally tried to pass another car on Highway 12, a two-lane road. However, when she realized she didn't have enough room to pass, she tried to merge back into the eastbound lane.
The driver swerved, overcorrected her mistake, and spun into the westbound lane, crashing head-on into a Chevrolet Silverado. Four of the Honda Civic passengers died at the scene of the accident, and another child passed away at the hospital.
The passengers of the Chevrolet Silverado, a couple with two older children, were taken to a hospital. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
An initial investigation revealed that some passengers of the Honda Civic were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, KCRA reports. Only one car seat was located, and it is unclear if it was installed properly.
It is unknown whether slick roads from occasional rains that day played a role.
Highway 12 reopened around 10:30 p.m. that day, after having been blocked for several hours in both directions.