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Witness To Deadly Pico Rivera Crash: 'I Saw Bodies Everywhere'

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A head-on crash in Pico River that killed three people was, "horrible, something you don't want to see," a witness told CBS News.

The accident happened around 8:40 p.m. Thursday night near San Gabriel River Parkway and Rose Hills Road close to the 605, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A 22-year-old man was driving a Honda Civic with several young passengers when it crossed into southbound lanes and collided with a Nissan Sentra. Three children in the back seat of the Civic were ejected, officials said. The driver and two 13-year-old boys were killed and the third child is hospitalized in critical condition, CBS reports.

"I saw bodies everywhere and I was just trying to help the kids. I stayed with one, he was breathing, but by the time they got here, he stopped breathing," witness Albert Delgado told CBS News.

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Eric Valencia, another witness, told the news channel, "It looked horrible, something you don’t want to see."

One of the 13-year-olds had reportedly just graduated from sixth grade earlier that day.

Investigators said today that alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the head-on crash, but excessive speed likely was.

Reports on the number of passengers in the Honda vary, but a fifth passenger was possibly also hospitalized.

The two women in the Sentra were both hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.