NORTH FORK — Icy roads and speeds too fast for conditions likely contributed to a single-vehicle crash just west of Bass Fork Minit Market this morning.
Just after 7 a.m., reports came in of a solo vehicle off the roadway on Road 200 just west of Hadley Road.
A neighbor heard the crash and hurried to the scene to assist the 27-year-old Fresno man who was lying on the ground near the vehicle. According to CHP, the driver was able to extricate himself from the car. He was conscious and alert when first responders arrived.
The driver told CHP that he was headed eastbound on Road 200 at about 40-45 mph when the rear tires of his Mazda Miata lost traction, and he began to slide. He then hit the brakes, but traveled across the westbound lanes, hit the curb and apparently went airborne for about 40 feet before striking an oak tree about 10 feet up from the base.
The driver also told CHP he was not on his cell phone, and was wearing his seatbelt. He was apparently unfamiliar with the roads, and the corner where the accident happened near the Kingdom Hall was icy this morning, with temperatures in the low 30s.
Cal Fire Engines 4255 and 4275 were first on scene out of the Rancheria Station.
Traffic control was put in place for about 30 minutes.
The accident remains under investigation.