5 kids, 3 others dead in police chase

August 10, 2009 10:59:00 AM PDT
Five children are dead and a family is torn apart.

The California Highway Patrol said a car fleeing from police ran a stop sign and slammed into a pickup, killing three people in the car and four young children in the truck.

The patrol says police in Dinuba, southeast of Fresno, were trying to stop the car Saturday afternoon for a traffic infraction.

The patrol said the truck was carrying two adults and their five children. Four of the children -- ages 1, 3, 4 and 7 -- were ejected and died at the scene. The fifth child -- age 8 -- and the parents were taken to a hospital. The adults were identified as 29-year-old Carlos Salazar Jr. and 26-year-old Jennifer Salazar of Orange Cove.

All three men in the car being chased were killed. Their identities and ages weren't known.


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