- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police say three people died in a crash on Highway 199 north of Cave Junction.

Lt. Bill Fugate says a California man driving a Buick sedan tried to get by a vehicle where passing is not allowed and collided head-on with a pickup.

Three passengers in the Buick, all from Costa Mesa, died either at the scene or on the way to the hospital Thursday night. Police were withholding their names until relatives are notified.

The Buick driver was seriously injured and flown to a Portland hospital. The pickup driver had minor injuries.

Fugate says alcohol may have been a factor along with the illegal pass, but the investigation isn’t over.

The road also known as the Redwood Highway was closed for hours before reopening late Thursday.

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