Authorities say an automobile accident in Southern California on Sunday resulted in the deaths of three individuals and the severe injuries of additional victims.
Just before 7:30 a.m., a collision happened on Interstate 10 in Whitewater, Riverside County. two vehicles had “major damage,” according to firefighters, as of local time.
According to the Riverside County Fire Department, two patients with severe injuries were taken to a trauma hospital, while three persons were declared deceased.
Two people were evaluated and refused further care, while three others were hospitalized with moderate injuries.
The cause of the collision and the status of the injured patients have not been disclosed by the authorities. The victims have not been given names.
Three lanes were closed due to the collision, and fire officials reported “significant back-up” after the crash.
Whitewater is about 100 miles west of Los Angeles and 11 miles northwest of Palm Springs, California.
Later on Sunday, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office revealed that a deputy who had been hurt in a work-related accident on Friday had passed away.
According to the authorities, Deputy Brett Harris was involved in that event and had “major injuries,” including a severe brain injury.
The sheriff’s office said, “Deputy Harris’s wish was to donate his organs so that others may live.” The Harris family is actively coordinating with the hospital to ensure his desires are carried out.