Two People Were Killed in Fatal Crash: (KSEE/KGPE) FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. The California Highway Patrol is looking into a fatal crash that they say occurred on a remote road in Fresno County this afternoon.
There were two fatalities in this event, and locals have remarked that tragic collisions at the intersection of North and DeWolf avenues are all too often.
Carsen Schmidt, a local who resides close to the intersection of North and DeWolf avenues, heard the crash at 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday. Says Schmidt, “I was in the shower and there was just this huge explosion and then I heard helicopters and all these sirens.” I arrived to find a helicopter on the scene, along with several police cars and fire engines.
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Sergeant Christopher Swanberg of the California Highway Patrol said the two people in the saloon, who were likely in their twenties, were murdered instantly.
While heading east on North Avenue, a Freightliner collided with a Nissan Altima that had stopped at the stop sign for Dewolf but had suddenly swerved into the intersection, colliding head-on with the truck.
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Sergeant Schmidt stated that this was not the first fatality at the existing two-way stop junction. There’s a VW symbol over there, but I don’t think that car was involved in this collision, so clearly this isn’t the first time a crash has occurred at this crossroads.
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Schmidt noted that the tragic crash occurred in the same general area and described how it was “nearly kind of the same situation,” down to the presence of a helicopter.
As Schmidt put it, “something needs to be done” with the traffic light. It’s unfortunate that so many accidents have occurred at this intersection, so a four-way stop has been installed there, he said. The CHP has stated that they do not believe drugs or alcohol played a part in today’s crash.
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