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Pregnant mother, 3 kids, and mother-in-law killed in crash in Fresno County

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 20:02:05-05

FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) — A pregnant woman, her three children and mother-in-law were killed when their pickup truck collided head-on with a big rig on on Interstate 5 in central California.

The California Highway Patrol says the crash occurred Tuesday night when the pickup truck crossed from northbound lanes to the southbound side near Firebaugh.

The truck burst into flames and the big rig, carrying cardboard, also caught fire. A portion of the southbound lanes was closed for hours as the CHP investigated and Caltrans evaluated the condition of the road, which was damaged by the fire.

The Fresno Bee reports the victims included a 31-year-old woman who was 8 months pregnant, her children who were 1, 8 and 10 years old and her 52-year-old mother-in-law.