Five people, including three children, were killed Sunday morning when a van overturned and landed on their car in Hesperia, authorities said.
The collision occurred just before 7:00 a.m. at Main Street and Balsam Avenue (map), according to Jodi Miller from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators determined that the van was traveling eastbound on Main Street when it went into westbound lanes, collided with a Honda sedan that was stopped at a stop sign, and landed on top of the car, a news release from the sheriff’s department said.
An adult male and juvenile male from the Honda were taken to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead. An adult female and the juvenile female, who were both trapped inside the car, were pronounced dead at the scene, the release stated.
A third victim, identified as a male juvenile, was found after the vehicles were removed from the scene, bringing the total number of fatalities to five, according to the release.
The male driver of the van was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene, authorities said.
Officials have not yet released the names of the victims, but said they would pending next of kin notification, according to the release.
“I’ve been to scenes where families have suffered great loss. All at once, in such a violent manner, is very rare,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Hubbard.
No arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, Miller said.
On Sunday afternoon, residents who live near the crash site were lighting candles and erecting a makeshift memorial for the victims.
KTLA’s Tim Dechant contributed to this report.