CARUTHERS, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — At least one person was killed Saturday morning in a traffic collision near Caruthers, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported around 9 a.m. involving two vehicles at the intersection of Kamm and Marks avenues, spokesman Mike Salas said. A 65-year-old man driving a 1996 Toyota Corolla approached a stop sign at Marks Avenue from westbound Kamm Avenue.
A 2015 Chevrolet pickup, pulling a loaded cattle-trailer on northbound Marks, approached Kamm with the right of way, with no stop signs posted for Marks, as the Corolla failed to stop for unknown reasons at the posted stop sign as the Chevrolet entered the intersection.
The driver of pickup was unable to avoid a crash and the Chevrolet collided into the left side of the Toyota within the intersection, Salas said. The impact caused major left-side damage to the Corolla, inflicting critical injuries to the driver.
The Corolla driver was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
The CHP said it is unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the crash, pending toxicology results.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.