Six people were seriously hurt when a pickup crashed into a big rig tractor trailer full of grapes Monday at Avenue 12 and Road 26 1/2 west of Madera, the California Highway Patrol said.
A 17-year-old Madera boy was driving with four others in the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado south on Road 26 1/2 at high speeds when he ran the stop sign at Avenue 12 about 9:45 p.m., CHP officer Mark Cosentino said.
The pickup was broadsided by the tractor trailer that was driving about 50 to 55 mph, sending both vehicles off the roadway and spilling a trailer of grapes onto the roadway.
Four people in the pickup suffered major injuries and emergency crews had to extricate the passengers with "Jaws of Life," Cosentino said. They were two girls, both 17, the driver and 20-year-old Moises Martinez. The fifth passenger, a 17-year-old boy, suffered moderate injuries. All of the people in the pickup were listed as being from Madera by the CHP.
Two of the passengers were flown to Community Regional Medical Center, and the other three were taken by ambulance. The driver of the tractor, 46-year-old Moises Martinez of Lindsay, suffered major injuries and was treated at Madera Community Hospital, Cosentino said.
Everyone in the pickup was wearing safety belts, he said.
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