CHP: 2 motorcyclists killed in multi-vehicle crash in Fresno County

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FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – A multi-vehicle car crash has left two motorcyclists dead Saturday evening in Fresno County, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officials say a 54-year-old man and a 25-year-old man, both from Clovis, were killed in the crash.

Around 4:30 p.m., officers were called out to Auberry Road, just southwest of the Fresno Rifle & Pistol Club, for a report of a car crash involving two motorcycles.

When officers arrived, they found one motorcyclist who had been run over by an SUV, and another on the shoulder of the roadway. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Following an investigation, officers say they learned the motorcyclists had just crossed into the opposite lane of traffic as they were trying to pass two vehicles on the curvy two-lane road.

Officials say one of the motorcyclists lost control of his bike and fell off onto the road after ending up in the path of an oncoming SUV, causing him to be run over.

A photo from the scene of the crash.

After hitting the first motorcyclist, officers say the driver of the SUV swerved to the left to avoid the other bike but ended up hitting the front end of a pick-up truck.

The second motorcyclist tried to switch directions to avoid the wreckage, but officials say he hit the front bumpers of the SUV and the truck and was thrown from his bike onto the road.

Following the crash, the driver of the SUV was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured.

While the motorcyclists were legally passing on a dashed line, officers say it was a dangerous area to try and get around traffic because of how difficult it can be to see oncoming vehicles along the curves of the road.

“You just need to be really really careful and cognizant when you’re poking out and looking to make the pass, you have to be clear that it is in fact, safe,” said CHP Sergeant Garrett Peck.

Authorities have not yet identified the men killed in the crash, but say they were both wearing helmets.

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