A high-speed chase on Highway 41 in Madera County left one woman dead after she collided head-on with another vehicle Monday afternoon, said CHP spokesman Josh McConnell.
Around 3 p.m., McConnell said a CHP officer spotted a tan sedan driving north on Highway 41 near Children's Boulevard at a fast speed. Traffic southbound was heavy, but the woman swerved her vehicle into the southbound lane as the deputy pursued her, said McConnell. She hit a blue Chevrolet sedan, spun out of control, then collided head-on with a gray Dodge.
McConnell said the Chevrolet and Dodge drivers sustained minor injures, and did not need to go to the hospital. The unidentified woman died at the scene.
It was unknown if alcohol was a factor, and the crash remains under investigation, McConnell said.
Traffic northbound was backed up to Friant Road in Fresno. Officials said Highway 41 at Children’s Boulevard to Avenue 12 would be closed until about 9 p.m.
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly identified the law enforcement agency that pursued the female driver.
Update: The victim of the crash has been identified.