BRENTWOOD -- A woman was killed and six others, including four children and a pregnant woman, were airlifted and rushed by ambulance to East Bay hospitals Saturday morning after a packed minivan and car collided at Vasco and Marsh Creek roads, just outside of Brentwood, according to a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
The crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. when, according to witnesses, a woman in a silver Dodge Charger ran a red light while traveling west on Marsh Creek Road, said CHP Officer John Fransen. A dark blue minivan traveling south from Highway 4 onto Vasco Road broadsided the woman's car.
The Charger driver and the male driver and a pregnant passenger in the minivan were flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. The Charger driver, who was not the registered owner of the car, succumbed to her injuries at the hospital, Fransen said. She has not been identified.
The condition of the other two adults was unknown.
Four children who were in the back of the minivan were rushed by ambulance to Children's Hospital in Oakland, where their conditions were also unknown.
A witness said he saw one firefighter carry a small child, still buckled into his or her car seat, to a waiting ambulance.
CHP officers are working to determine if any other factors, such as drugs or alcohol, were involved, Fransen said.
A power pole in the area was damaged in the crash, and traffic lights at the intersection were down for several hours, said CHP officer James Evans.
"Failing to stop at red lights seems to be a trending problem in (Contra Costa) county, and it is something we actively enforce," Fransen said. "But, unfortunately, this accident still happened."
The CHP is asking that any additional witnesses contact its Contra Costa office at 925-646-4980.