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5 Killed After Bus Collides With Sign Pole on California Highway

Five people were killed after a charter bus collided with a freeway sign pole early this morning in Livingston, California, a town between Sacramento and Fresno.

About 30 people were on board. Six people suffered major injuries, including the driver, the highway patrol said.

The collision happened around 3:30 a.m. local time on Highway 99 northbound as the bus headed from Mexico to Washington, the California Highway Patrol said. The bus had stopped in Los Angeles Monday night, with the next planned stop in Livingston.

In the collision, the pole went through the passenger side windshield, and images show the pole practically slicing through the bus.

PHOTO: Five people were killed after a charter bus collided with a freeway sign pole in Livingston, California, August 2, 2016.KFSN
Five people were killed after a charter bus collided with a freeway sign pole in Livingston, California, August 2, 2016.

The northbound side of the highway was closed down as emergency crews extricated people from the bus.

The cause of the crash is unknown.

ABC News' Kelly Johnstone contributed to this report.

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