2 dead, 3 injured in fiery central California head-on crash

March 1, 2020 GMT

MADERA, Calif. (AP) — Two people were killed and three injured in a fiery head-on car crash on a central California highway, authorities said.

The collision occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. Saturday on State Route 145 near Madera Ranchos, the California Highway Patrol said.

A 29-year-old man driving a Chrysler 300 tried to pass another vehicle when he collided with a Honda Accord driven by a 37-year-old woman, the CHP said. Both drivers died at the scene.

A 24-year-old man in the Chrysler and two women, ages 24 and 45, in the Honda were hospitalized with major injuries, the Fresno Bee reported.

The CHP said it wasn’t immediately known if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor. The crash remains under investigation Sunday.

The highway was closed for about four hours following the collision about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Fresno.