One dead, 5 injured after Hwy. 46 West crash

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One person is dead and five others were taken to the hospital after a crash on Highway 46 West and Vineyard Drive on Thursday night.

At 7:25 p.m., a 19-year-old woman from Atascadero was driving a 2015 Nissan Sentra north on Vineyard Drive when she did not stop at the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 46, according to the CHP. She was then hit by a 1994 Ford Ranger that was traveling 55 mph east on Hwy. 46.

The driver of the Ranger, Cesar Saldana, tried to stop to avoid the crash but was unable to do so, according to the CHP.

The driver of the Nissan was killed, according to the CHP. Her name has not yet been released. The passenger in that car, 20-year-old Cambria resident Mariana Zaragoza, was moderately injured.

None of the occupants of the Ranger, all from Merced, was properly restrained, according to the CHP. Saldana, 21, suffered major injuries; Mistyca Oliva, 19, had moderate injuries; and 1-year-old Cesar Saldana and 2-month-old Yaretzi Saldana suffered minor injuries.

Neither drugs nor alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash, according to the CHP.

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