Tourists run stop sign and cause a fatal crash, says CHP


CHOWCHILLA, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Two people are dead and three more are in the hospital after a two-vehicle crash outside Chowchilla Monday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place around 6 p.m. at Road 22 and Avenue 24. An SUV driven by British tourists was traveling north on Road 22 and ran a stop sign. The vehicle then broadsided another SUV traveling east on Avenue 24.

Officers said three people were taken to the hospital with major injuries, one from the first SUV and two from the second SUV, and two women in the second SUV were killed.

“The physical evidence and the statements lead us to believe that it did not stop for the stop sign and broadsided the Saturn SUV,” said Sgt. Lloyd Pratt.

The CHP added that the British tourists were heading to Yosemite National Park. PG&E revealed that the crash also knocked out power in nearby Oakhurst and Coarsegold.

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