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Child survives reverse crash that kills 4 in Sierra Nevada


Two adults and two children were killed when a reverse driver crashed into their car early Saturday in the Sierra Nevada, authorities said.

Another child survived the wreckage of several vehicles that injured two other people on Interstate 80 near Yuba Pass, between Sacramento and Reno.

The collision occurred around 4:45 a.m., when a Jeep Wrangler, traveling at around 70 mph, slammed into a Honda Civic occupied by two adults and three minors, said Jason Lyman, a highway patrol officer of California. Both vehicles were then struck by a GMC Sierra pickup.

The wreckage blocked all traffic lanes for nearly seven hours.

The two adult occupants of the sedan and two of the children in the car, neither of whom have been identified, were pronounced dead at the scene, Lyman said. The third child, who was only described as being around 4 years old, was taken to a hospital in Reno with “unknown injuries”.

KCRA-TV identified the adults as a married couple from North Highlands in Sacramento County. Brittney and Antonio Montano, both 29, died in the crash along with their 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday, the outlet reported. The names of the children were not disclosed.

The drivers of the Jeep and the pickup, who were the only occupants of their vehicles, were also taken to hospital, authorities said.

The Jeep driver, whose name has not been released, may have been driving under the influence of alcohol, CHP said. He remained in the hospital Monday afternoon.

The accident is still under investigation.

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