2 killed, 2 injured in Berkeley crash

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BERKELEY, Calif. (KRON) – Two people are dead, two others are in the hospital, and hundreds are in the dark following a fatal crash in Berkeley on Tuesday.

Around 1:30 p.m., the two cars collided on Marin Avenue between Spruce Street and San Benito Street.

A female passenger was killed and the male driver later died at the hospital.

The mangled vehicles on scene and the impact beforehand catching the attention of neighbors.

“It was just a bang. It was just one sound. I mean two people dead,” Emerald Canary said.

Police say the loud accident involved two cars.

The passengers in the other vehicle, a mother and her child, suffered only minor injuries but were taken to the hospital anyway.

One the vehicles also hit a power pole knocking out electricity for hundreds of PG&E customers. 

What led up to all of this is still in question.

“Just kind of looking at the overall scene where the vehicles came to rest they were roughly a block apart which just tells us this was a high force or high impact type of collision,” Officer Byron White said.

Marin Ave. is known in the area as having a steep grade. Speeding down it can easily become a recipe for disaster.

Spray paint near Cragmont Elementary School pleads with people to drive safely and now some neighbors think the city government should try to step in.

“This is not good and we need to make a change,” Canary said.

The names of the victims have not been released. 

Berkeley police are asking if they saw what happened and missed talking with investigators today to come forward. 

As of 9:00 p.m., between 50 and 500 customers remain without power.

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