Three people killed after collision along Highway 12, three injured

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Three people were killed in a collision Friday on the 12 freeway outside of Stockton, the California Highway Patrol said.

At 2:19 p.m., a Hyundai Elantra traveling eastbound on the freeway at over 100 mph veered off the road into the shoulder, losing control. The car then swerved down the road and collided with a Honda Pilot which was in front of the Hyundai. The SUV was carrying three people, CHP said.

The crash forced both cars into the westbound lane where they collided with a third car, a Toyota Camry. The Hyundai and Honda rolled over and came to rest in a water-filled ditch.

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as a 28-year-old female, was pronounced dead at the scene, along with two male Honda passengers, ages 25 and 30.

The driver of the Honda and the driver and passenger of the Toyota were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

It is not yet known whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, the CHP said.

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Molly Sullivan covers Folsom, Roseville and Placer County, as well as police liability, for The Bee. She grew up in Northern California and is a Chico State alumnus.