FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Three out of four teens were able to rescue themselves from a car that drove into a canal, one was found dead Wednesday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP says just after 6:00 p.m., they responded to Madsen and Herndon avenues for a call of a possible drowning. Upon arrival, they found three teens who had self-extricated themselves from a car in the canal. The 17 and 18-year-olds were transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries while the 18-year-old driver was released at the scene.
From what they gathered, investigators say a car with four teens were traveling southbound on Madsen Avenue when they attempted to make a right turn on westbound Herndon Avenue.
Due to wet roads and the speed at which the car was going, authorities say they failed to make the turn, veered in a southern direction, and into the Friant-Kern Canal.
Officials say the run-off from higher elevations combined with the fast-moving water provided a challenge to water rescue teams as the car was washed 80 feet south from where it initially crashed.
After removing the car from the canal, authorities say they found the missing 18-year-old inside and pronounced him dead at the scene.
Neither drugs nor alcohol was determined to be a factor in the crash and the investigation is ongoing, according to the California Highway Patrol.