SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 9 p.m. Update:
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has partially identified three people who were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 99 Wednesday afternoon.
According to CHP, those killed include a 67-year-old man from Antelope, who was driving, and both passengers, including a 68-year-old man from Sacramento and a 62-year-old woman from Fiji.
Two lanes of northbound SR-99 were closed at Elverta Road for approximately four hours following the crash.
The cause remains under investigation but CHP does not believe drugs or alcohol to be a factor regarding any of the drivers involved.
Three people are dead following two crashes involving multiple vehicles on Highway 99, near the Sacramento International Airport, Wednesday evening.
First responders were called out to the scene on Highway 99, near W. Elverta Road, around 3:30 p.m.
The initial crash occurred when an SUV, driven by a 62-year-old woman, rear-ended a sedan, according to Officer A.J. McTaggart with the California Highway Patrol. After the first crash, while the sedan was sitting in the number two lane, McTaggart said the car was hit a second time by a 30-foot Penske box truck.
Two people in the sedan were confirmed dead at the scene. The third victim was identified following an extrication of the vehicle. Authorities have only identified the deceased as two males and one female.
Both lanes of northbound Highway 99 are expected to be shut down for several hours as officers investigate, Caltrans District 3 wrote on Twitter. Traffic on the highway is backed up all the way to the Natomas area.
Additional information is expected to be released later.
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