A Pico Rivera crash late on Thursday was so horrific that witnesses say they are having a difficult time dealing with the aftermath.
The head-on crash took place near the San Gabriel River Parkway and Rose Hills Road, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. A 22-year-old man in a Honda Civic crossed into the southbound lanes, striking a Nissan Sentra. Three children in the back of the Civic were thrown from the vehicle. Two of them died, along with the driver of the Civic.
One of the boys killed was said to have just graduated from sixth grade earlier that day.
The third child thrown in the Pico Rivera crash was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition.
Two women in the Sentra were also taken to the hospital, but not listed in serious condition.
The crash left destruction along the highway so extensive that witnesses found it scarring.
“I saw bodies everywhere and I was just trying to help the kids. I stayed with one, he was breathing, but by the time they got here, he stopped breathing,” witness Albert Delgado told CBS News.
Another witness added that the Pico Rivera crash was so horrible it was difficult to even look at.
Eric Valencia, another witness, told the news channel, “It looked horrible, something you don’t want to see,”
The Pico Rivera crash was reminiscent of another horrific crash in North Carolina this week. A 24-year-old was driving his brother to high school graduation when they got into a crash, leaving both of them dead. Reports said their mother was in the audience when she learned about the car accident.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the Pico Rivera crash. They said alcohol likely wasn’t involved, but speed was a factor.