Three children riding in the camper shell of the family’s pickup died of carbon monoxide poisoning early Monday during an overnight trip from San Francisco.
An 18-month-old boy and his sisters, 2 and 6, arrived at hospitals without heartbeats. Officials said at least one of the children may have been dead for hours.
The family had just completed a seven-hour trip from San Francisco when the parents, who had been riding in the truck’s cab, tried to wake the children about 6 a.m., authorities said.
The parents had looked in on the children when they had stopped for food around 5 a.m., but they didn’t realize anything was wrong.
At Children’s Hospital, the parents “were devastated; they were crying, holding each other, holding me,” said Dr. Robin Kallas.
The family’s name was not released.