Five Dead, 2 Hurt in Head-On Crash Near Yosemite National Park

by Phil Helsel /  / Updated 

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Five people were killed in a head-on collision on a highway leading to California’s Yosemite Park Saturday evening, officials said.

Two others were flown to regional trauma centers after the crash at around 6:30 p.m. local time (9:30 p.m. ET) on State Route 120 near Smith Station Road, the California Highway Patrol Officer Nick Norton said.

The highway is an entrance to Yosemite, a national park covering nearly 1,200 square miles in the Sierra Nevada mountians in central California. Both vehicles, a 2012 Mercedes and a 2012 Nissan, reportedly caught on fire after the collision.

Highway 120, which has a single travel lane in either direction where the accident occurred, was closed in both directions after the crash, Norton said. The crash is still under investigation.

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