A Templeton man was killed and three others injured during a three-car crash near Morro Bay on Saturday afternoon.
Around 2 p.m. Nicholas Bundren, 24, of Atascadero was driving a Ford Fusion west on Highway 41, east of Mission Drive, when he veered into the oncoming lane for unknown reasons, according to the CHP.
According to the CHP report:
The left front of Bundren’s car hit the front of an oncoming Mercury Grand Marquis. A third car behind the Grand Marquis swerved into the other lane to avoid the collision. Propelled from the impact of the original collision, Bundren then returned into the original lane and the back of his car crashed into the right side of the third car.
Bundren was transported by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo with major injuries.
The driver and passenger of the Grand Marquis were also transported to Sierra Vista hospital by ambulance. The driver, a 77-year-old man from Templeton, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the hospital, and his passenger, Diane Mercer, 64, of Templeton sustained minor injuries, the CHP report said.
The driver of the third car, Richard Gentil, 27, of Los Osos sustained minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.
All passengers were wearing seat belts and no arrests were made, according to the CHP.
The road was closed for more than an hour to investigate the accident.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center spokesman Ron Yukelson said that both Bundren and Mercer were in fair condition Sunday afternoon, and were receiving care at the hospital.