A woman died and four others were injured in a head-on crash in rural Tulare County on Tuesday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash happened just after 6 p.m. on two-lane Highway 216 south of Avenue 320, between Ivanhoe and Woodlake.
According to a CHP report, Anmoldeep Singh, 18, of Visalia was northbound attempting to pass another vehicle in the southbound lane and was late recognizing that he didn’t have room to avoid an oncoming car in the southbound lane driven by Marina Katelyn Tanner, 24, of Farmersville.
Both drivers swerved but Singh’s 2018 Dodge and Tanner’s 2000 Buick hit head-on, causing substantial damage to both cabins.
A 46-year-old Farmersville woman riding with Tanner was pronounced dead at the scene. Tanner was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia with major injuries. Singh and his two passengers, both 17-year-old boys from Ivanhoe, were taken to Kaweah Delta with injuries ranging from major (one of the passengers) to moderate (Singh) to minor.
The CHP said alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash and that everyone was wearing a seat belt.