Six Corcoran residents were injured Friday afternoon when their SUV struck the curb of a canal bridge in Hanford, the California Highway Patrol said.
The CHP said the 1996 GMC Safari was eastbound on Whitley Avenue east of Tenth Avenue when it veered into the opposing traffic lane while approaching a canal bridge. The SUV rode along the curb and took out the entire wooden bridge railing before slamming into the bridge abutment. The impact caused the vehicle to flip over and block both lanes of traffic.
One passenger was not wearing a seat belt and was partly thrown from the vehicle. A 35-year-old passenger, whose gender was not provided by CHP, sustained major injuries and was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. Four other passengers, a 19-year-old man and three women ages 26, 35 and 45, sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. The driver, a 22-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
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