DANA POINT (CBSLA.com) — Two people have died and three others were seriously injured in a crash in Dana Point, authorities said Sunday.


The accident on the Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Road happened about 1:22 p.m., according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

A 43-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman driving in a white Volkswagen Jetta were declared dead at the scene, according to Captain Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The man and woman who were killed were husband and wife with a 10-month-old baby at home.

A 50-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man in a gray Honda, and a 53-year- old woman in a van suffered moderate injuries and were taken to Mission Trauma Center, Concialdi said.

A boy, 15, riding along with a driving instructor in a Mini Cooper suffered minor injuries and was released to his parents’ custody, according to Concialdi.

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

The force of the crash split one of the cars in half.

The Jetta, which was heading northbound on Coast Highway, may have attempted an unsafe pass around the Mini Cooper, Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper spoke to residents who said this stretch of highway is particularly dangerous.

PCH was closed between Capistrano Beach and San Clemente, and re-opened by 9 p.m., authorities said.

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