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California head-on collision kills 7 children, 2 adults

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a New Year’s Day head-on crash that killed seven children and two adults on a central California highway.

The driver of a Dodge Journey SUV was traveling southbound on rural State Route 33, when he overcorrected and struck a Ford F-150 traveling northbound. The Dodge came to a stop straddling both lanes of the highway, while the Ford was engulfed in flames. 

“When the fire was extinguished, tragically it was discovered there were eight occupants — seven of which appeared to be juveniles — inside the Ford,” CHP Capt. Kevin Clays said at a Saturday news conference.

The children, who were between the ages of 6 and 15 years old, were members of two related families, the Fresno County Coroner’s office later said. The Ford F150 was equipped with only six seat belts.

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