MERCED COUNTY - Emergency crews responded to a crash south of the City of Merced Wednesday morning that claimed three lives.
The crash was reported to the California Highway Patrol at about 7:29am on the northbound lanes of Highway 99 near East Mission Avenue. Early indications suggest that 911 callers reported a gold Chevrolet Silverado traveling southbound on Highway 99 crossed over the median and collided with a black Ford SUV traveling north.
Two occupants of the pickup and an occupant of the SUV were killed in the crash. The two occupants of the pickup truck were identified as a man and woman in their 50's from Modesto. The occupant of the SUV was identified as a man in his 20's from Chowchilla.
Traffic was closed by officials until shortly before 11:00am.