We can't even begin to express our horror…
A Central California man was driving about a quarter of a mile behind his family when he witnessed something we wouldn't wish upon anyone in the entire world.
The driver of a minivan ran a stop sign at a Fresno County intersection and crashed into a Ford Expedition which comprised of his entire family including his wife, his two toddler sons, and his two young daughters.
The impact of the crash threw the SUV onto the front lawn of a house where the car immediately burst into flames.
The father tried to save his family by breaking the windows of the vehicle, suffering minor burns to his hands in the process, but was unable to do so, and was forced to watch the tragedy happen helplessly.
CHP Capt. Dave Paris later said that the wife tried to escape, but was unable to do so.
The driver of the minivan, Juana Martinez Bejarano, is in the hospital with major injuries, and no arrests have been made as of yet.
No one from the Ford Expedition survived, and investigators have yet to identity the bodies.
Although the crash was horrific, speed is not thought to be the culprit for the crash. Nor is drugs or alcohol thought to be the case, either.
One police officer, Axel Reyes, mentioned the resulting horror was a perfect storm of terribleness. He said:
"You almost could not have timed it any better, the two front corners [of the two vehicles struck at the worst angle — right near the engine blocks — likely leading to the fire]."
The family is believe to have just left a birthday party, and was on their way to pick up another child - thus the reason they were in separate cars.
It is unclear whether this other child was a relative or not.
All parties involved in this accident of terrifying proportions was from Riverdale in Fresno County, and other residents were shocked to hear something like this happened.
We know it's not much help, but our sincerest condolences to the father and anyone who knew and loved his family.
Our thoughts are with them.
[Image via KSEE.]