SALINAS – Two people were killed and several injured Saturday in two separate traffic accidents near Salinas.
The first crash, involving a single vehicle, occurred about 4:38 p.m. on Highway 68, just west of the Laureles Grade.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the 2006 Acura MDX was westbound on Highway 68 when the vehicle veered to the right from the highway. It wound up on the right dirt shoulder and hit a metal sign and guide pole head-on.
The driver and the passenger in the front seat were transported to Natividad Medical Center by ambulance. The driver and front passenger suffered moderate injuries. But the passenger in the right rear seat died at the scene.
Several hours later, at 6:04 p.m., four people were traveling in a 2000 Honda Civic southbound on Highway 101, just north of Spence Road, at about 70 mph, the CHP reported.
A second vehicle, a 2016 Ford Mustang with one passenger, was traveling northbound on Highway 101, just north of Spence Road. Both people in the second vehicle were from Australia.
For an unknown reason the driver of the Civic made an unsafe turning movement to the left and lost control of the vehicle. It crossed the center median and collided with the Mustang.
The front passenger in the Civic was killed. The other parties were transported to Natividad Medical Center by ambulance with moderate to major injuries, the CHP said.
The identities of those who died will be released though the Monterey County Coroner’s office after notification of next of kin.
Both accidents are under investigation.
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