One man died and two others were seriously injured on Saturday after the truck they were riding in was broadsided by highway traffic after apparently rolling through a stop sign in Chowchilla, the California Highway Patrol said.
Madera CHP officer Todd Gibbs said the truck was traveling north on Road 17 1/2 when, according to witnesses, it failed to completely stop at the Highway 152 crossing. A family in a green Honda was traveling at around 65 or 70 mph on eastbound Highway 152 and attempted to swerve out of the way, but they could not avoid the truck.
The family in the Honda suffered minor injuries, but all three of the truck’s occupants were not wearing seatbelts and were thrown out, Gibbs said. Two of the men — the driver and a passenger — were pinned under the truck, which rolled after the collision.
Gibbs said the driver, who was completely pinned between his door and the car, was killed.
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The passenger had his legs pinned, and the Jaws of Life had to be used to get him out from under the truck’s rear end, Gibbs said. He also suffered fractures to his skull, face, chest and pelvic region. He was listed in extremely critical condition.
The third man riding in the middle seat of the truck suffered major injuries, Gibbs said.