Seven children and two adult drivers were killed in a head-on collision between an SUV and a pickup truck in the city center California Authorities said on New Year’s Day.
The children, ages six to 15, were part of two related families traveling in a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup when it was hit by a Dodge Journey on State Route 33 between Avinal and Quallinga around 8 p.m. Friday, Fresno said the county investigator’s office and patrol California Highway.
Police said evidence from the scene indicated that Dodge, driven by a 28-year-old man, was heading south on the highway when it veered off the shoulder of dirt for an unknown reason.
Then the driver overhauled it and veered into the next lane, where it collided with a woman’s Ford car.
Police said a Ford car caught fire over its shoulder, as Dodge stopped on both sides of the highway. All eight people – including the seven children – were killed in a Ford vehicle.
Highway Patrol Captain Kevin Claes said the truck was equipped with only six seat belts The New York Times reported. Officers who responded to the collision were offered advice, Claes said.
“It’s tragic for society,” he said. “It is tragic for our officers to respond to these incidents.”
Dodge driver has been identified as Daniel Luna from Avenal. The coroner’s office was working to identify the victims in a Ford car.