Three people, including an infant, died and four others were injured just before noon Thursday in a two-car crash on Highway 101 north of the Sonoma County line, the CHP said.

Those killed were traveling together in a Honda Civic, said CHP officer Steve Krul. A 4-year-old girl in the vehicle survived. She was flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, he said.

It's unclear whether the two adults in the Honda, a man and a woman, were the parents of the two children, Krul said.

The Honda crossed into the northbound lane and was hit broadside by a Chevy Tahoe, he said. It was not immediately known how the Honda ended up sideways in the oncoming traffic lane but it appeared the driver lost control, Krul said.

The primary impact was to the driver's side of the car but the entire Honda was crumpled. The three people in the Chevy, a woman and her two children, ages 4 and 8, also were injured, he said.

The 8-year-old boy was flown to Children's Hospital in Oakland, Krul said. The mother and the 4-year-old girl were taken by ambulance to Ukiah Valley Medical Center, he said.

Krul said he did not have the names of any of those involved in the crash. Authorities said they expected to release more information early today. CHP from Ukiah and Sonoma, firefighters from Hopland and Cloverdale, and Mendocino County sheriff's deputies responded to the wreck.

They draped a cover over most of the Honda and had to separate the two vehicles to remove some of the victims. You can reach

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