Crash near Selma sends 10 to area hospitals

The Fresno BeeApril 15, 2014 

Major injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash east of Selma that involved more than a dozen people Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The force of the crash around 6 a.m. at Academy and Nebraska avenues threw people from one of the vehicles after one driver ran a stop sign, the CHP said.

Francisco Rios was driving a green Chevrolet Astro van with seven passengers on Nebraska Avenue when Rigoberto Lazaro -- who was transporting seven passengers in a blue Chevrolet minivan -- ran the stop sign.

The vehicles collided and skidded to the northeast corner of the intersection, where the blue van rolled onto its right side, the CHP said.

Numerous passengers were able to climb out of both vans, but three people were pinned in and had to be freed by emergency personnel.

Five passengers were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, while three others were taken to Selma Regional Hospital and two were taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia.

The CHP said drugs or alcohol apparently did not contribute to the crash, but both drivers were unlicensed and transporting farmworkers.

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