VISALIA – A harrowing scene unfolded on Highway 99 after a vehicle overturned, ejecting a child passenger and leaving three other passengers with minor injuries.
On Nov. 19, at approximately 12:41 p.m., the Fresno Communications Center received a call of a crash involving a sedan which overturned on Highway 99 southbound, just north of Highway 190. Officers from the California Highway Patrol Visalia Area office were dispatched to the scene to investigate.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 GMC Yukon was being driven on Highway 99 southbound, just north of State Route 190, when the driver lost control of the GMC, as it traveled in a south/westerly direction.
As the GMC traveled into the west dirt shoulder, it overturned and struck a metal wire fence. As the GMC overturned, a passenger – a 9-year-old child – was ejected from the right rear window and landed approximately 15 feet north of the GMC in a dirt field.
The GMC came to rest in a dirt field, west of State 99 southbound and north of Highway 190, on its wheels, facing in a westerly direction. The 9-year-old passenger had major injuries. He was transported to Kaweah Health Medical Center along with three other passengers who suffered minor injuries as well.
The cause of this crash is still under investigation. There is no evidence alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in this crash.
The California Highway Patrol wants to remind everyone to always wear a seatbelt and to avoid distractions while driving. If you’re feeling fatigued, take plenty of breaks or avoid driving altogether.