The Central Valley is finally seeing its first series of storms since spring.
The roads are slick and can be dangerous.
California Highway Patrol responded to several traffic collisions Wednesday, including one fatal.
CHP says they’re investigating whether rain or low visibility had anything to do with the collisions.
This is just the start of the rainy season, CHP says, and say it’s a reminder to be careful and slow down.
“This is the first rain of the season, so we are reminding everyone to take a lot of extra caution before you head out,” says CHP officer Mike Salas.
In the first collision of the morning, CHP says a car crashed into a pole near Temperance and Olive avenues around 6:25 a.m. causing power lines to fall down.
“It appears we have a hit and run,” Salas says of the collision.
CHP is investigating to see if weather played a factor.
This is just one of many accidents they responded to Wednesday.
“Just driving and getting to work on a day like this can be dangerous, as seen by the calls and collisions we’ve had today, we’re working two fatal collisions simultaneously right now,” says CHP Sgt. Leonard Sherman.
One of those collisions happened just after 10 a.m. near Walnut and Adams avenues where a man in his forties died at the scene.
“From the nature of this collision here, this is someone who was stopped at a stop sign and pulled out directly in front of a truck who had the right away so maybe visibility might a concern, these are all factors you need to think about when driving in the rain,” Sherman says.
Other big concerns include flooded roadways and hydroplaning, which is why car experts say checking tires and windshield wipers are important.
“It’s about being safe yourself and that person next to you in that other car, and your family,” says Michael Poulsen, general manager at Ball Tire and Automotive
Ultimately, CHP says slow down, give yourself extra time to get to your destination, make sure your windshield wipers are working and that your tires are not bald.
Anyone with information regarding the hit-and-run collision at Temperance and Olive avenues is asked to call CHP dispatch at 559-262-0400 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867.