TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — A two-vehicle crash killed three people and seriously injured two others on U.S. Highway 97 in central Washington.

Washington State Patrol tells the Yakima Herald that a van and semitrailer collided at about 5:50 a.m. Friday about 19 miles south of Toppenish.

Authorities say 54-year-old Mario Gil-Hernandez of Sacramento, California, lost control of the van and crossed into oncoming traffic.

Police say the van collided with the semitrailer driven by J.G. Bustamente of Sunnyside, Washington.

Gil-Hernandez died, and Bustamente was taken to a local hospital.

Three passengers in the van were not wearing seatbelts.

Fifty-six-year-old Ralph Schantz of Roseville, California, and 28-year-old Luis Ibarra of Cordova, California, were killed.

Twenty-eight-year-old Fernando Esparza of Sacramento, California, was taken to a nearby hospital.

The crash is under investigation.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,