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Major Injury Accident Closes Highway 41 In Oakhurst

OAKHURST — A multi-vehicle accident before noon on Sunday caused major injuries to at least one driver, and closed a portion of Highway 41 for more than two hours.

Just after 11 a.m., CHP says Oakhurst resident Forrest Null, 69, was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion northbound on Highway 41, and was stopped at the stoplight at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 49.

Meanwhile, Federico Berra, a 34-year-old resident of Argentina, was driving a 2017 Ford Mustang southbound on Highway 41, in the #1 lane, approaching the intersection. Maria Esper, 31, and also a resident of Argentina, was a passenger in the Mustang.

For unknown reasons, CHP says, the Ford Fusion was erratically driven through the intersection and over the center median, colliding into the left side of the Mustang.

As a result, the Mustang was pushed across the #1 and #2 southbound lanes.

Following the accident, the southbound lanes of Highway 41 just north of Highway 49 were closed and traffic was diverted.

Mr. Null was flown by LifeFlight to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries. Mr. Berra and Ms. Esper were transported by ambulance to St. Agnes Hospital in Fresno.

The roadway was reopened at approximately 1:30 p.m. The collision is under investigation.

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