“A van carrying athletes from California Baptist University in Riverside traveling north on U.S. Highway 395 was struck by an SUV, which burst into flames. Authorities are investigating.”
At least six people were killed and 12 others injured Monday night in a fiery collision near Bishop involving a van carrying athletes from California Baptist University in Riverside, authorities said.
The van was one of three university vehicles heading northbound on U.S. Highway 395 about five miles south of Bishop when a Ford SUV traveling in the opposite direction lost control shortly after 8 p.m. The SUV smashed into one of the vans and burst into flames, said Officer Dennis Cleland of the California Highway Patrol.
A second van traveling behind avoided the collision, but a vehicle behind it struck the burning SUV, Cleland said. Five of the fatalities were inside the SUV, and one was inside the van.
“There could be more fatalities, but we’re trying to sort that out,” Cleland said.
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