MADERA COUNTY – A driver drifting across the double yellow lines on Highway 41 caused a chain reaction that resulted in damage to three vehicles in front of the Blackhawk Lodge on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 11:34 a.m.
David Wu, of Clovis, and his wife were traveling north on Highway 41, just north of the Road 200 turnoff, in a blue Hyandai, when a southbound vehicle crossed over the center lines, causing the driver in front of them to come to a complete stop in the road, according to Officer Mallory of the CHP.The Wu’s managed to stop without contact to the vehicle in front of them, and both avoided a collision with the southbound vehicle that had drifted into their lane.
However, the Chevy Lumina behind the Wu’s, driven by Betty Rusler of Gilroy, slammed into the rear of their vehicle, and was then hit from behind by a Kia Sedona van driven by Santos Reyes, says Mallory.
The Wu’s car had damage to the rear bumper, which was removed from the vehicle, and they were able to drive it away.
The Lumina ended up off the right shoulder of the road, up against a wall of rocks. The driver complained of some pain to her chest, and her passenger sustained a laceration to his right hand. Neither was transported for medical attention, and their car was towed by Doc’s Towing.
The windshield in the Kia van was shattered on the passenger side when the airbag deployed, and part of the dashboard smashed into it. The driver was not injured, and the van was towed from the scene.
Both the southbound vehicle that caused the chain reaction, and the northbound car that stopped to avoid a head-on collision, left the scene before CHP and sheriff’s deputies arrived.
No citations were issued.