UPDATE: Officials have identified the victims involved in an accident that happened on the I-5, just after Christmas day.
According to CHP, just before 10 a.m., five vehicles were involved in a collision just south of the Main Drain Road exit.
A couple from Cambria suffered moderate and major injuries. Richard Brownhill, 74, suffered moderate injuries, and his passenger, Patricia Brownhill, 75, was air lifted to Kern Medical with major injuries.
Penelope Thomas, 81, from Berkeley, sustained moderate injuries.
And, from Santa Rosa, 49-year-old, Nicole Jeffries was taken to Kern Medical with minor injuries.
CHP says speed does appear to be a factor, but the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Officials say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor.
Three people were transported to the hospital after a crash involving five cars on Interstate-5, causing major delays on the highway.
The crash was first reported on Wednesday morning just before 10 on the southbound lanes of I-5, just south of the Main Drain Road exit, according to California Highway Patrol.
In total, three people were transported to the hospital, one of them airlifted with major injuries, officials say. The other two people had minor to moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance.
Five cars were involved in the crash, according to CHP.
Officials had the lanes blocked for the about 45 minutes after the crash. The lanes were reopened at 12:00 p.m.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but officials believe speed could have played a role in the crash. We will update this story when officials release more information.