Man and woman from Caliente were in car that crossed over center line, CHP says
The victims of Saturday's fatal head-on collision on Highway 166 west of New Cuyama included a man and woman from Kern County and three Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo students.
A man and woman from Caliente, a small rural community in the mountains east of Bakersfield, died.
The California Highway Patrol said they were in a Honda Accord going westbound on the highway about three miles west of Rock Front Ranch when it crossed over the center line and crashed head-on into a Nissan Sentra with the three Cal Poly students.
The man and woman in the Honda Accord, both aged 29, died at the scene.
Their names have not been released.
Erica Kemp, 20, of San Luis Obispo was driving the Nissan with Mariana Silverman, 21, and Keilani Waxdeck, 20, both also from San Luis Obispo, as her passengers. Kemp suffered minor injuries, but Silverman and Waxdeck both suffered major injuries.
Kemp and Silverman were taken by ground ambulance to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria and Waxdeck was airlifted by a CalSTAR helicopter to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara with major injuries.
The Cal Poly Student newspaper, The Mustang News, said all three women are junior art and design students.