A Las Vegas woman suffered major injuries in a crash on Interstate 5 that caused her vehicle to burst into flames, the CHP reported.
A passing motorist stopped and pulled the woman and her passenger to safety as the Chevrolet Blazer they were riding in continued to burn at the scene of the wreck, north of Coalinga.
The crash occurred when a semi-truck moved without warning into the woman’s lane on I-5 and she had to swerve to avoid a collision, the CHP said. The truck driver did not stop to render aid, but kept going, making the incident a hit-and-run.
Jordan Beacham, 19, was driving north on I-5 north of Jeffrey Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when the semi-truck towing a trailer moved out of the slow lane and into the fast lane she was in, the CHP said.
She swerved, lost control of the Blazer, and drove off the highway. The Blazer overtuned down a dirt embankment and caught fire. Beacham and her 18-year-old passenger, identified as Madison Ferras, were trapped inside.
The passing motorist saw the vehicle on fire, so that person broke the driver’s side window and pulled both women from the Chevrolet. The CHP does not know the identity of the good Samaritan.
Beacham was not wearing a seat belt, and suffered major injuries. She was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Ferras did use her seat belt and had moderate injuries. An ambulance took her to the hospital.
Alcohol did not appear to play any role in the incident.
The identity and location of the truck driver is unknown. Anyone with more information can call the CHP’s Coalinga office at 559-935-2093.