Nine people, including seven juveniles, lost their lives in a severe collision between an SUV and a pickup truck on State Route 33 in Fresno County, California on Friday, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said Saturday.
The crash occurred at around 8pm local time (0400 GMT on Saturday) when the driver of the SUV, a 28-year-old man headed southbound on the highway, suddenly lost control and bumped head-on into the pickup traveling in the opposite direction, the patrol told a news conference.
All the eight passengers, including seven juveniles, on the truck were killed as the vehicle was "fully engulfed in flames." The SUV driver also died. The authorities have been working to confirm the young victims' ages, said CHP Central Division Cpt. Kevin Clays.