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Crashes cause injuries, road closures

Crashes cause injuries, road closures

Two recent accidents sent at least two people to the hospital and closed down at least part of a major road for a half hour.

The most recent happened on Jan. 20. According to the Farmersville Fire Department, two cars crashed at about 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of Ventura Avenue and Visalia Road. The female driver of a Toyota pickup said she was suffering pain in her neck and back and was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia. The male driver of a Honda sedan suffered major injuries and was unable to be interviewed by officers, according to the Farmersville Police Department. He was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

Police officials said it looked as if one of the vehicles was attempting to turn onto Visalia Road and was hit by the oncoming vehicle. Firefighters said both eastbound lanes on Visalia Road were closed for about a half hour but westbound traffic continued to flow. Police said no arrests were made and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision.

The other crash happened on Jan. 15 at the intersection of Highway 65 and Avenue 208 in Porterville. At about 7:40 a.m., a 2001 Nissan sedan heading westbound on Avenue 208 attempted to enter the highway and pulled into the path of a 2013 Dodge truck traveling northbound on Highway 65.

The driver of the sedan, 42-year-old Tracy Lynn Gutierrez, and a passenger, a 13-year-old child, both of Lindsay suffered minor to major injuries and were transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center. The driver of the Dodge truck, 29-year-old Vanessa Howard of Porterville, was also taken to KDMC for minor to major injuries.

The crash closed down the northbound lanes of Highway 63 and the westbound lanes of Avenue 208 for about a half hour.

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