Deadly Crash Sends 9 to Hospital

June 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman is dead and nine more people had to go to the hospital after a wrong-way accident involving four vehicles near Laton Saturday afternoon.It happened on highway 43, near Cairo Avenue, and right next to the Kings River.

California Highway Patrol officers say a man crossed into oncoming traffic in this white van. He smashed into a black pickup, shoving the hood right up into the driver's seat and killing the woman who was behind the wheel.

The van bounced off the pickup and sideswiped an SUV before crashing head-on into another pickup.

Four people got trapped inside the damaged trucks, and nine passengers ended up in the hospital with minor to moderate injuries.

Officer shut down Highway 43 for a couple hours while they investigated what happened and cleaned up the mess. They're still not sure why the driver drifted into oncoming traffic, but they're not ruling out alcohol.


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