NTSB to join probe of Fresno County crash that killed 7 children, 2 adults

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The site of a fatal head-on collision in Central California on New Year's day. (NMW)

The site of a fatal head-on collision in Central California on New Year’s day. (NMW)

The National Transportation Safety Board is joining the investigation of a head-on crash that killed seven children and two adults on a California highway on New Year’s Day.

The NTSB said Tuesday it will work with the California Highway Patrol in the investigation of the crash involving two pickup trucks on State Route 33, but its staff will not travel to the site.

The seven children and a woman were in a Ford F-150 that burst into flames when it was struck by a Dodge pickup driven by a man, who was also killed.

The CHP has said evidence at the scene indicated the Dodge veered onto the road shoulder and then swerved back.

The crash site was between the towns of Avenal and Coalinga in an agricultural area about 50 miles southwest of Fresno.

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