FLAG CITY — Two people were killed and two others were injured, including an expectant mother, when a driver lost control of her vehicle while trying to pass traffic, according to a preliminary investigation.
The two-vehicle collision was reported about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday just west of Interstate 5 where Highway 12 heads out toward the Delta.
Sgt. Kyle Plant said witnesses reported seeing the driver of a black sport utility vehicle, which was westbound on Highway 12, passing traffic across the double yellow lines when she lost control. The SUV spun out and ended going into the eastbound traffic lanes and into the path of a red Chrysler Town & Country minivan, he said.
The SUV, which was sideways, was broadsided by the minivan before it continued down an embankment, where it came to a stop.
Plant said the driver of the SUV was wearing her seat belt, but she was ejected from her vehicle. The woman, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The minivan’s right, front passenger, who has not been identified, also suffered fatal injuries.
The driver of the van was taken to the hospital in serious condition and a pregnant woman who was sitting in the back of the minivan suffered unknown injuries and transported to the hospital. Her condition is unknown.
Plant said all the victims were adults.
While the road was damp at the time of the collision, Plant said rain was not a factor in the crash. The roadway was not wet and it was not raining, he added.
Eastbound and westbound lanes were temporarily closed but were reopened by about 11 a.m.
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