Two dead, four injured, including children, in Selma car crash


A two-car collision in Selma has left two dead. California Highway Patrol said the crash happened around 2:40 p.m., near Bethel and Rose Avenues.

A family of four involved in the crash were transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

CHP said the family four is a woman and man in their 30’s and two kids, a 9-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl.

Officials said the little girl is suffering from major facial injuries.

Now neighbors who live across from where the crash happened said deadly accidents are all too common for that area.

The sound of cars colliding is one Sophia Nagao never likes hearing outside her home of 18 years.

“It’s just very sad it happens here a lot,” she said.

CHP said a man and woman from Reedley, in their mid-50s, were driving a Nissan Altima, eastbound on Rose.

They said that’s when a family of four with two kids in a Honda Civic, blew through the stop sign and T-boned the Altima.

“It caused the Altima to overturn several times and land in the yard of the people right here in the corner,” Edward Jacobs, with the California Highway Patrol, Fresno area, said.

CHP said the couple in the Altima were killed instantly and the family of four were transported to CRMC.

They said no one inside the home was hurt.

CHP frustrated with the number of accidents, saying traffic signs warn drivers that ‘Cross Traffic Does Not Stop’.

“Once again, same story different scene. I don’t get it. I don’t understand it. Plainly visible stop sign,” Jacobs said.

Nagao said several pillars were even put up in the corner to protect the home from crashes like this one but says it isn’t enough.

“There should not be anymore lives lost here, this intersection really needs a signal light because there’s an accident at least every other month,” she said. 

Nagao tell us that the folks in the home where the car landed say they plan on moving.

CHP said the crash is still under investigation.

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