Three people died and one person suffered minor injuries in a crash along the 60 Freeway near the Jurupa Valley community of Riverside, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
An alert from the agency said the crash was reported at about 3:34 a.m. during the early morning hours of Saturday.
The person who suffered minor injuries was transported to a local hospital, officials said, while the other three victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
The fatal collision happened when the driver of a 1995 Honda Accord going eastbound on the 60 Freeway, east of Country Village Road, “lost control of the vehicle” for unknown reasons, according to a news release from California Highway Patrol.
The front of the Honda then slammed into the concrete center divider, officials said. At that point, the car became “disabled” with none of its lights activated as it sat in the freeway blocking lanes, the CHP news release said.
A man driving a 2016 Ford Fusion was not able to stop before hitting the Honda — for reasons still under investigation — and collided into it, the news release said. That man has been identified by CHP as 27-year-old Victor Tyler of Redlands.
When Tyler’s car hit the Honda, a person inside the Honda was thrown out of the car and over the concrete center divider, officials said.
That person was struck by vehicles on the other side of the freeway, in the westbound lanes, “an unknown number of times,” the news release said.
Tyler suffered minor injuries to both of his arms and all three people in the Honda died at the scene, officials said.
After the crash, all eastbound and westbound lanes along the 60 Freeway were closed, according to the Riverside Fire alert.
The identities of the victims killed are being withheld until law enforcement notify next of kin, and the incident is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about the deadly collision is urged to contact the Riverside office of the California Highway Patrol at 951-637-8000.