ELK GROVE -- Five people were injured Sunday in a multi-vehicle crash in Elk Grove.
A woman’s groceries lay in the road of Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove, giving a glimpse of the impact from the multi-vehicle crash that sent her and three others to the hospital.
“I ain't never really seen nothing that bad over here, it's always quiet. There's not really a lot of accidents,” said resident Charles Lewis.
A blue Lexus was trying to make a left-hand turn onto Dwight Road and somehow crossed the center median into oncoming traffic. That’s when the car hit a green Suzuki, creating a domino effect.
Three drivers were hospitalized and in stable condition as of Sunday night. One of the injured declined treatment at the scene and was not hospitalized.
As for the woman who had been returning from a trip to the grocery store, police say she suffered the brunt of the injuries.
“We have one person who's in critical condition. We’re waiting on an update on her status. It’s an adult female,” said Erin Montgomery, a spokesperson with the Elk Grove Police Department.
Montgomery said the crash should serve as a powerful lesson for other drivers to stay alert and always be mindful of those traveling around you.
“Just always be aware of where you’re going, what you’re doing, and keep your eyes on the road and make sure just to be aware of your surroundings,” Montgomery said.
The crash diverted westbound traffic along Laguna Boulevard for hours as officers investigated the scene.
“It’s sad to hear that people are in the hospital. As you can see the scene, it's a really, really, really bad accident,” said Elk Grove resident David Cortez.
Cortez said speeding has been a problem near the intersection. It’s a cause for concern with so many homes and churches in the area.
"If people are just driving or distracted or texting and driving, which is not a good combination, or just speeding, it is not good for this area," Cortez said.
Sunday night, the neighborhood was hoping that everyone injured makes a full recovery so they can once again be with their families.
“I hope they heal and go home,” Lewis said.
Stay with FOX40 for more updates on this developing investigation.