4 Killed and 6 Hurt in California Highway Head-On Crash

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 28, 2022 Updated: July 28, 2022

RIO VISTA, Calif.—Four people were killed and six were injured in a head-on crash between a sedan and an SUV carrying a Mexican family of seven on vacation, authorities said.

The crash on a two-lane highway notorious for collisions happened Wednesday night in the small city of Rio Vista, about 40 miles south of Sacramento, Rio Vista Police Chief John Mazer told reporters.

The sedan had three occupants that authorities estimated were in their 20s and several victims were ejected from the vehicles.

Authorities did not identify them but Mazer said that one driver was among the dead. The six injured people were hospitalized and authorities did not disclose their conditions.

While the speed limit on the stretch of State Route 12 where the accident happened is 55 mph, many people drive faster, Mazer said.

“People see wide open roads and they just go for it and often it ends like this,” he said.

The cause of the crash that Mazer called the worst he has seen on the highway was under investigation. He said alcoholic beverage containers were found at the crash scene.