Person Ejected from Big-Rig Survives after Fiery Crash in Calif.

MENDOTA, Calif. (AP) – A Central California highway has reopened after a fiery collision between a sedan and a big-rig truck left three people dead.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 180, four miles east of Mendota.

The California Highway Patrol says a Ford Escort going eastbound swerved into the westbound lane and struck an oncoming big-rig.

The two people in the Escort were killed, as was the truck driver. Authorities say a person in the big-rig’s sleeping compartment survived and was hospitalized after being ejected.

The impact caused a large diesel spill and sparked a fire, closing the highway for hours. The road was partially reopened to traffic at 9 a.m.

The CHP says it’s not immediately clear why the Escort’s driver swerved, though beer bottles were found in the car.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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