A mother was killed Tuesday in a head-on collision near Moreno Valley, but her three young children who she had carefully buckled in escaped serious injury, authorities said.
The crash was reported about 7 a.m. on Gilman Springs Road, east of Alessandro Boulevard, just outside the Moreno Valley city limits, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Matt Napier said a sedan for unknown reasons crossed over the double yellow lines, clipped a box truck, and then collided head-on with a car carrying the victim and her children, who were all buckled into car seats and suffered injuries described as minor.
Their mother, whose name was not immediately released, died at a hospital, the officer said.
The driver of the vehicle that initiated the crash suffered serious injuries, and was undergoing surgery, according to Napier, who said the driver of the box truck was unhurt.
Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash, nor ruled drugs or alcohol out as possible factors, Napier said.
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