The Latest – Monday, Nov. 22
The Nevada County Coroner’s office has released the names of the two adults killed in Saturday’s wrong-way collision.
Brittney Montano and Antonia Montano, both age 29, were killed in the crash.
The two children killed in the crash have only been identified as a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy.
Original story below:
NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL/AP) — The California Highway Patrol said two children and two adults were killed Saturday after a person drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada.
CHP said a witness called 911 near 5 a.m. to report a wrong-way driver.
The crash, involving three vehicles, happened minutes later near Eagle Lakes Road in Nevada County. CHP said the driver of a jeep was travelling on the wrong side of the road when it collided with a sedan carrying a family with three kids, all under 7-years-old.
Following the first collision, investigators said a third vehicle, a red pickup, hit the immobilized cars. The driver of that pickup sustained minor injuries.
Two adults thought to be the kids’ parents were killed in the crash. Two of the three children involved were dead when police arrived. There were two booster seats in the car, CHP said.
CHP officers believe alcohol was a factor and said eastbound I-80 was closed at Highway 20 after the crash.
CHP Sgt. Steve Casetta said it’s rare to have wrong-way crashes in the Sierra. Still, he said drivers travelling in the early morning should favor “slower”, righthand lanes.
“For some reason, when they are going in the wrong way, they like to drive in the fast lane,” Casetta said. “Stay over to your right … wrong-way drivers like to be in the number-one lane.”
The condition of the suspected wrong-way driver is not yet known.
Just before noon, Caltrans announced that Eastbound Interstate 80 at the Highway 20 junction around the Yuba Gap has been reopened to traffic.
The names of the deceased has not been released.
This story is developing.