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Two-car crash on I-5 kills woman, injures 4

A 52-year-old Playa Del Rey woman died and four people, including a 10-year-old boy, were injured Saturday in a two-car crash on Interstate 5 near Coalinga.

The woman was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima north on I-5 near Tuolumne Avenue at 11:36 a.m. when the car drifted to the left, crossed the median and rolled into the southbound lanes, the California Highway Patrol said.

A 1999 Chrysler driven by a 19-year-old Lemoore woman struck the Nissan on the passenger side.

The Nissan's driver was killed.

The other driver and her three passengers, ages 16, 14 and 10, were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with minor to moderate injuries.

The name of the deceased woman is being withheld until her family is notified.

Student suspected of having weapon at school

An Orosi High School student was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of possession of a weapon on campus.

The student, whose name was not made public, was taken to Tulare County's Juvenile Detention Facility and booked, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department reported.

Porterville man stabbed

A 20-year-old Porterville man was stabbed several times in his upper body during a fight with another man early Friday.

David Sierra was attacked on the 200 block of North Reservation Road in Porterville, the Tulare County Sheriff's Department said. The assailant ran away, and neither he nor the weapon have been located.

Sierra was airlifted to a local hospital. His condition was unknown.

Containment of Hidden fire expected Tuesday

Firefighters are close to containing the Hidden fire, a nearly 3,500-acre wildland fire being managed in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

The fire 12 miles north of Three Rivers was sparked by lightning Sept. 10. Steep terrain and an abundance of fuel hampered initial firefighting efforts.

Officials expect the fire to be fully contained by Tuesday. Firefighting efforts, as well as smoke and fire danger, have forced the closure of Crystal Cave, Crystal Cave Road and the Muir Grove trail.

For details, call (559) 565-3117.

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