Three people were killed Saturday morning in two crashes in Contra Costa County.
The first crash was reported just after 6:30 a.m. on eastbound State Route 4 near Martinez, east of McEwen Road. A blue SUV left the roadway, went down an embankment and hit a tree, according to the California Highway Patrol. The two passengers in the car were not wearing seatbelts, and died at the scene. The driver was seatbelted and suffered minor injuries.
A second person was killed and another seriously injured in a separate Saturday morning crash on San Pablo Dam Road near El Sobrante.
The two-car crash was reported at around 11:15 a.m. north of Bear Creek Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. A white Honda Civic was traveling south with three occupants when it hit a red Toyota Tacoma traveling north with one occupant.
It appears the Honda was driving on the shoulder to pass traffic, lost control of the car, crossed into the northbound lane and collided with the Toyota, according to CHP.
The passenger in the backseat of the Honda was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the Honda suffered major injuries, and the passenger in the front seat suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the Toyota walked away with minor injuries.
CHP is investigating both crashes. Anyone who witnessed the accident or events leading up to it is asked to call Contra Costa CHP in Martinez at (925) 646-4980.
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Author: Marisa Kendall