A head-on crash killed two people on Highway 41 near Kettleman City, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The accident was reported about 3:30 p.m. Thursday about halfway between Kettleman City and the Reef City crossroads. It is just south of Utica Avenue.
Officer Steve Schuh said a dark gray Dodge Ram pickup was driving south on Highway 41 then veered into the path of a white GMC driving north.
The driver and passenger of the GMC were killed, and two backseat passengers had minor injuries, Schuh said.
The driver of the Ram was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
The names of the deceased and the driver of the Dodge truck were not released.