45-year-old woman killed in head-on crash involving big rig in Hanford, CHP says

Officers say the woman was driving a Scion when she drifted into the opposite lane and crashed head-on with the big rig.

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45-year-old woman killed in head-on crash involving big rig in Hanford, CHP says
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A 45-year-old woman has died after a crash involving a big rig in Hanford Monday morning.

HANFORD, Calif. (KFSN) -- A 45-year-old woman has died after a crash involving a big rig in Hanford Monday morning.

Authorities have identified the woman as Melody Dias.

The California Highway Patrol says it happened just after 5 am on Highway 43 north of Fargo.

Officers say Dias was driving a Scion when she drifted into the opposite lane and crashed head-on with the big rig.

Dias was declared dead at the scene.

Officers are still investigating what led her to drift in the way of the big rig.

A 72-year-old man, identified as Armando Banuelos, was the driver of the big rig and was sent to the hospital with injuries.

EDITOR'S NOTE: In a previous report, Action News reported that Armando Banuelos was the passenger of the Scion, when Banuelos was the driver of the big rig. This was incorrect information and has been reflected in the story above.

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