The fatal crash occurred at around 8:00 a.m. local time when a semi-truck driver failed to slow for stopped traffic. The traffic backed up at the Ruthrauff Road exit, and Roberto Monge, 33, the driver of the 18-wheeler, slammed into the back of a car.
A chain-reaction crash began, involving five other passenger cars and a box truck.
The driver of the first struck car, Abril Castillo, 41, died at the scene of the crash. Her 12-year-old daughter received treatment at a nearby hospital but later died of her injuries.
Tina Totty, 46, also died at the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):