Three people who died in a head-on crash involving two vans Thursday morning in north Redlands have been tentatively identified as residents of Redlands and Highland, coroner's personnel said in a statement.
The deceased victims were believed to be a 19-year-old male resident of Redlands, a 33-year-old male resident of Highland, and a 58-year-old female resident of Redlands, coroner's personnel said.
At 9:27 a.m. Jan. 17, a Chevy Safari van was headed south on Orange Street south of the Santa Ana River wash and a Toyota Sienna minivan was northbound, coroner's personnel said.
"The Chevy crossed the double yellow line and struck the Toyota head on," coroner's personnel said.
The deceased victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were being withheld "pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin," coroner's personnel said. "All were unrestrained passengers in the Toyota."
Orange Street, one of the primary routes connecting Redlands and Highland, was closed more than seven hours Thursday for investigation of the crash and the deaths. The road was re-opened about 4:45 p.m. Jan. 17.
Six other people - five occupants of the Toyota, and the driver and sole occupant of the Chevrolet - were hospitalized with injuries. An update on their conditions was not available Friday.
Results of the Redlands police investigation of the crash had not been released as of Friday afternoon.