TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A car blew through a stop sign in rural Tulare County Thursday and crashed into a big rig, causing it to roll over and kill the truck driver, the California Highway Patrol said.
A 2012 Toyota Corolla, driven by Christina Medina, 44, of Tulare, was heading northbound on Road 36 at about 55-60 mph and approaching Avenue 232 around 1:20 p.m., spokeswoman Shasta Tollefson said. A big rig pulling a loaded feed trailer was driving on road 232 eastbound and approached Road 36 with the right of way when the Corolla blew through a stop sign at the intersection.
The big rig driver failed to evade the Corolla and caused the right front of the truck to strike the left front of the car.
The impact forced the Corolla across the south shoulder of Avenue 232, Tollefson said. The big rig driver counter steered back onto Avenue 232 and caused the truck to roll over onto its left side.
The big rig driver, identified as a 61-year-old man from Visalia, died at the scene after suffering major trauma from the crash as the impact caused the cabin to cave in, Tollefson said.
Medina was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia.
Alcohol was not considered to be a factor in the crash.