FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Two people died Friday following a three-car collision on Highway 41, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash happened just after 5 p.m.
Authorities say a man driving a black BMW failed to stop at the traffic light at Mount Whitney Avenue hitting a man and a woman in a white Chevy car.
The force of the crash also pushed that Chevy car into a Ford truck in front of them. The woman passenger in the Chevy was killed at the scene. The male driver of that car was flown to the hospital but did not survive.
The driver of the truck and his passenger were not injured.
While the driver of the BMW sustained minor injures. Authorities say this was not a DUI related crash.
This tragic accident comes as a grim reminder of the dangers on the highway.
An effort is underway to make a 6-mile stretch of Highway 41 in Fresno County safer.
Warning signs were unveiled along Highway 41 Friday. Local leaders and families who have lost love ones are pushing for Caltrans to speed up the installation of a safety barrier. The new signs were funded by the community.
“Caltrans, California Transportation Commission, Fresno Council of Government, we need you to work together we need you, our group is asking to please discuss the six-mile stretch,” said Widen Highway 41 Group organizer Lorna Roush.