Merced man killed in crash near Porterville

The Fresno BeeMarch 1, 2014 

A 27-year-old man from Merced died Saturday morning after losing control of his vehicle just north of Porterville, the California Highway Patrol said.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of his family, was traveling southbound on Highway 65 south of Avenue 184 at an unknown speed when he lost control of his 2004 Chevrolet, the CHP said.

He reportedly drifted to the east shoulder of Highway 65, overcorrected to the right, and then went out of control across the southbound lanes. His Chevy went down the embankment west of the highway and struck a concrete standpipe and several fruit trees before it overturned and he was thrown from the Chevy.

Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash, CHP said.

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