Three killed in I-80 head-on |

Three killed in I-80 head-on

Three Bay Area residents were killed and three others were injured Saturday evening in a two-car collision on westbound Interstate 80 east of Nyack, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened at 5:30 p.m. Saturday when the eastbound vehicle drove across the center divider into westbound traffic, hitting a Jeep Grand Cherokee, officials said.

According to Placer County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rick Armstrong, the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

“We’re not sure why they crossed the divider,” he said.

The driver and two passengers in the eastbound car were dead at the scene. The victims were identified Monday as Harry Lee Blackmon, 40, Sharon Yvette Smith-Blackmon, 36, and Elizabeth Chambers, 40, all residents of the Bay Area community of Rodeo. Chambers has been identified as the driver of the vehicle.

The driver and two passengers in the Jeep, all from San Francisco, were taken to Sutter Roseville Hospital. They were returning from a day of snowboarding at Tahoe.

Mark Berdichevsky, 21, was listed in serious condition Sunday, a hospital administrator said. Josh Berd, 20, and Mikhail Bord, 23, were treated and released.

The collision forced the CHP to detour westbound traffic on Interstate 80 for nearly three hours. Drivers were diverted to westbound State Route 20 through Grass Valley and then to Highway 49 through Auburn to rejoin Interstate 80.

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