NORTH FORK — What was apparently bad blood between two North Fork residents ended in a three-vehicle crash in front of the mill compound this morning.
Just before 8 a.m., two men who reportedly have a history of problems between them, encountered one another at the Gas ‘n Stuff. They both left in their separate vehicles, one in an orange Jeep, the other in a red Dodge Ram, and headed up Road 225 through South Fork.
The driver of the Jeep told officers that the Dodge was following him at a high rate of speed, and all the varying stories make it difficult to know just what happened next, but apparently the Dodge slammed into the back of the Jeep, and was then rear-ended by a white Chevy Silverado.
When reports came in to 911, Cal Fire Engines 4254 and 4255 and Madera County Station 11 personnel were told to stage outside the area due to someone brandishing a weapon and large numbers of people in the roadway yelling. By the time law enforcement arrived, the reported gun was no longer at the scene.
The woman driving the Silverado told deputies that another woman approached her vehicle after the crash, and the two got into a heated verbal exchange that turned physical.
Debris from the crash was scattered several hundred feet down the road, and one-lane traffic control was put in place while officers conducted interviews and investigated the crash scene.
All three vehicles appear to be totaled.
Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the reported gun incident and the altercations, and CHP is investigating the crash itself.