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Report: Driver in California crash that killed 9 was drunk

Drunk Driving
Posted at 11:56 AM, Apr 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-30 14:56:51-04

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Investigators say the driver of an SUV involved in a central California crash on New Year's Day that killed nine people, including seven children, was drunk and didn’t have a license.

The children, who were between 6 and 15 years old, were traveling with a 34-year-old woman in a Ford truck that was struck by a Dodge SUV on New Year’s Day along State Route 33 in Fresno County.

The preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board finds the 28-year-old driver of the Dodge had a blood-alcohol level more than double the legal limit.

Both drivers had marijuana in their systems.

The cause is still under investigation.