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Published: Sun, October 25, 2015
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Five killed in fiery Groveland crash

Five killed in fiery Groveland crash

Authorities confirm that five people have died following a fiery crash east of Groveland.

Riverside County Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who police said was shot in an exchange of gunfire with California Highway Patrol officers during a traffic stop at about 2 a.m. on October 23, 2015, in Highgrove.

A fire started as a result of the crash.

Initial reports put the number of dead at six, however Norton said it was later confirmed to be five.

CHP Officer Nick Norton told KOVR-TV the survivors were taken to a hospital in Modesto with serious injuries.

The cars were a 2012 Mercedes registered out of San Jose and a 2012 Nissan registered in Merced.

CHP officers had been conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle when its male driver stepped out of the auto and fired at the officers, the Sheriff's Department said.

 

Highway 120, which has a single travel lane in either direction where the accident occurred, was closed in both directions after the crash, Norton said.

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