A man in his 60s died Friday after he apparently drove his pickup into a 7-foot-deep canal, Fresno Fire and Police officials said.
Battalion Chief Casey Clark said the department’s swift-water rescue team was able to pull the man from his truck, which was submerged in about 5 feet of water. They performed CPR, but the driver was not responsive. He was rushed to Community Regional Medical Center, where he died.
Clark said the truck appeared to have driven straight into the canal through a temporary barricade instead of taking a curve at G and Divisadero streets. It appears the driver did not brake, so investigators believe there may have been a medical issue that incapacitated him.
The vehicle was reported in the water at 3:39 p.m.
A search was conducted along the canal, but no additional victims were found.
Meanwhile Friday afternoon, three injuries were reported in a two-vehicle collision Friday afternoon east of Fresno.
The collision between a van and a small car occurred about 4 p.m. near DeWolf and McKinley avenues.
Two of the injuries were reported as serious and a third was minor, according to Fresno County Emergency Medical Services officials. One vehicle landed in a canal with shallow water, officials said.
The victims were taken to Community Regional for treatment.