A Fresno Police Officer was one of the drivers killed in a crash Monday night caused by a wrong-way driver.
The officer’s name has not been released.
The crash happened on Highway 180 near McCall.
Officials said the wrong way driver hit at least five other cars before colliding head on with the officer’s truck.
At this point CHP said it’s too early to know if alcohol or drugs were involved, but they are investigating why the driver was heading the wrong direction.
They said they had already received calls of someone driving the wrong way, but before officers could get to the driver he was already involved in the fatal crash.
“As a result of that last collision both the wrong way driver and the last driver succumb to their injuries at the scene,” said Sergeant Joseph Bianchi with the California Highway Patrol.
We are told the officer killed was alone in his vehicle at the time of the crash and was wearing his seatbelt.
“Three to four additional patients were treated and transported from the scene,” said Seth Brown, with Fresno County Fire.
The fatal crash diverting traffic on Westbound Highway 180 for hours as crews worked to clear the roadways.