“Fatal SUV and Big-Rig Collision”
MENDOTA, CALIFORNIA (September 5, 2017) – A big-rig and SUV were involved in a fatal fiery collision on Highway 33 and Manning Avenue south of Mendota Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway patrol. (map)
The accident occurred at approximately 9:00 a.m. Witnesses at the scene stated a 2009 Mercedes SUV traveling eastbound on Manning Avenue failed to stop at a stop sign. A big-rig traveling northbound on Highway 33, did not have enough time to adjust and collided into the SUV, according to CHP Sgt. Matt Zulim.
The SUV and big-rig both overturned. The big-rig landed onto the SUV causing the SUV to be engulfed in flames.
The driver of the SUV, identified as a 63-year-old male along with four other passengers of the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the big-rig, identified as 58-year-old Wayne Fletcher, was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition.
An investigation is ongoing.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from West Alliance Injury Lawyers. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”