MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A man was killed and a woman suffered major injuries Sunday morning in a solo vehicle rollover crash in rural Merced County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The collision was reported around 8:20 a.m. involving an overturned 2002 gray Ford Mustang along Sandy Mush Road just east of Healy Road, said Sgt. Danny Bowen. One person was said to have been trapped under the vehicle.
A 34-year-old man from Chowchilla was driving west along Sandy Mush at an unknown speed when he lost control and caused the Mustang to overturn several times.
As the vehicle overturned, both the driver and a 41-year-old female passenger from Chowchilla, were thrown out of the vehicle, Bowen said. The Mustang came to rest on its wheels and on top of the man — killing him.
The woman suffered major injuries and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Bowen said alcohol and/or drugs appear to have been a factor in the crash.