MADERA COUNTY – Three people were transported to Valley hospitals after a crash near the Rocky Cut on Highway 41 yesterday.
At about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, a 25-year-old male from Fresno was southbound in a Honda Elantra at an unknown rate of speed.
According to witnesses, the Honda drifted off the right side of the road, and the driver tried to pull it back to the left but over-corrected, causing the car to spin into oncoming traffic.
As the Honda entered the northbound lane, it was struck on the left rear by a Ford Econoline van driven by a 68-year-old man from Fresno.
Both vehicles came to rest blocking Highway 41, which was shut down in both directions.
The driver of the Honda suffered injuries to his hands and a large lacerating to his head, and was transported by ground ambulance to St. Agnes in Fresno.
The driver of the Econoline was also injured with abrasions from the airbag. His 67-year-old wife, who was in the front passenger seat, suffered lacerations and a possible fracture to her lower leg. Both were transported to a Valley hospital.
The roadway was closed in both directions until nearly 2 p.m., with a northbound closure at the 22 Mile House (Road 208).
The scene was cleared by about 2:40 p.m. with all lanes reopened.
The accident remains under investigation.