20-year-old Hanford man dies in head-on collision

A 20-year-old Hanford man died Wednesday morning in a head-on collision on Highway 43 south of Corcoran, the California Highway Patrol said.

The man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was driving a 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup north on Highway 43 south of Avenue 144 in Tulare County.

A 1995 Freightliner truck driven by Raul Torres Yanez, 59, of Tulare, was heading south at about 55 mph when for unknown reasons the pickup crossed into the path of the Freightliner.

Yanez took evasive action by turning left but could not avoid the head-on collision.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Yanez was not hurt.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor, and the collision is under investigation, the CHP said.