Two people died Monday afternoon in a three-car accident after an allegedly drunk driver ran a stop sign, causing one vehicle to erupt in flames.
California Highway Patrol reported the accident around 1:30 p.m. east of Selma at East Rose and South Academy avenues. The two people who died were inside the car when it ignited.
CHP spokesman Axel Reyes said a white Ford F-250 was going south on Academy while a red Ford F-150 was going east on Rose and a silver Chevy Traverse was stopped north on Academy at the intersection with Rose. The intersection has a two-way stop on Academy while cars on Rose do not stop.
The white Ford failed to stop at the stop sign and drove through the intersection, T-boning the red Ford. The white Ford also hit the Chevy.
The red Ford flipped once, then caught on fire, killing the passengers, both men in their 30s. Their names have not yet been released by the Fresno County coroner, pending family notification.
Reyes said the driver of the white Ford was transported to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. His truck had major front-end damage and was taken in for evidence.
The driver of the Chevy, a 22-year-old man, left the scene with minor injuries.