EL NIDO, Calif. — A big rig veered into oncoming traffic and killed two people in a multi-car crash on the morning of Tuesday, June 21 in El Nido, California.
The Merced Sun-Star reports that three sedans were traveling south on Highway 59 at 4:15 a.m. as they approached a 2022 Volvo big rig heading the opposite direction near Furtado Road in El Nido.
The big rig then veered into oncoming traffic for an unknown reason, striking three cars.
The 33-year-old driver of a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 22-year-old passenger of a 2011 Ford Fusion were confirmed dead after officers arrived. The Ford’s driver, a 20-year-old man, was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with major injuries. The 54-year-old driver of the third vehicle involved in the crash, a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, and the 28-year-old driver of the big rig did not report any injuries.
The Merced Sun-Star reported that drugs and alcohol do not appear to be involved in the crash.
It was not reported if the tractor was hauling a trailer.
KMPH reports that a special CHP unit was called in to inspect the big rig. This means criminal charges are possible. The California Highway Patrol was investigating which vehicle was at fault in the crash.
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