3 dead 1 injured in DUI crash on Belmont and McCall in Fresno County

The California Highway Patrol said three people died and one person is injured after a DUI crash at Belmont and McCall Avenues in Fresno County.
January 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
CHP officers are investigating a DUI accident in Fresno County that's left three women dead and another injured.

The victim is in Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition. The alleged drunk driver has been arrested. CHP officers did not mention any injuries to him, despite being involved in two different collisions.

Emergency crews arrived to the aftermath of a horrific car crash at McCall and Belmont Avenues. CHP officers say the driver of ta red Chevy minivan was drunk. They say he first hit one car as he ran a stop sign and turned too-wide from Belmont onto McCall.

The mini-van continued to go north on McCall and drifted into the path of a Toyota Yaris.

"A blue Toyota Yaris that was traveling on the southbound lanes, braked and turned to the left in an attempt to avoid the red Chevy minivan," Sean Haller with the California Highway Patrol said.

CHP officers say the maneuver wasn't enough. The minivan struck the Toyota head-on, before it came to a stop. There were four women in the Toyota all family members. The driver is in the hospital in critical condition the other three were killed on scene.

"This is yet the devastating result of a when a person chooses to drink an alcoholic beverage and then become impaired and behind the wheel," Haller said.

Traffic investigators closed down McCall from Belmont to McKinley as they interviewed people on scene and gathered evidence. Officers opened the roads before 10 p.m.

A fifth victim involved in the accident was not injured. The driver of the minivan has not been identified, but he is now facing felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges.


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