Traffic diverted in Northeast Fresno after man suffers medical emergency and crashes

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Police said the driver had a medical emergency that caused him to accelerate and lose control of his blue Dodge Charger. (KFSN)

A man is in critical condition Saturday evening following a traffic accident in Northeast Fresno.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. in the are of Highway 41 and Herndon Avenue. Police said the driver had a medical emergency that caused him to accelerate and lose control of his blue Dodge Charger.

His wife in the passenger seat grabbed the steering wheel to pull over, but not before hitting another car and eventually crashing into street light. Four people in all were treated at the scene and, because the amount of traffic in the area, police say they're fortunate the accident wasn't worse.

"The biggest concern here is not only the vehicle traffic, we have a tendency to get a few homeless around the street, disregarding the traffic flow, but they weren't in the area today," Sgt. Mike Palomino with the Fresno Police Department said.

Drivers were diverted on Herndon for about an hour while police carried out their investigation. The man driving the Charger remains in the hospital, but police say it's due to his medical emergency and not because of injuries sustained in the accident.
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