Apparent indecision leads to multi-vehicle crash on Highway 180 west of Fresno

The Fresno BeeDecember 22, 2013 

Two people were injured during a multi-vehicle accident west of Fresno on Saturday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said.

An 84-year-old woman from Fresno was traveling west on Highway 180 when she turned on her left turn signal to turn south onto Monroe Avenue. A big rig traveling behind her slowed and moved onto the right shoulder to pass, but the woman changed her mind and decided to turn right instead, the CHP said.

The woman collided with the big rig. The force of the collision sent the woman's car spinning out of control into the eastbound lane of Highway 180 and into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by a 45-year-old man from Kerman.

The woman sustained major injuries while the man sustained minor injuries, the CHP said. The drivers and an additional four passengers were taken to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the big rig was uninjured. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash, the CHP said.

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