Fatal chain reaction crash on Highway 180

Fatalities and injuries mar Highway 180 in Fresno County as a car’s inability to stop in time sets off a chain reaction collision

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published December 2, 2023  • 
9:30 am
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FRESNO – An unsafe speed by a vehicle caused a fatal collision on Highway 180, resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries, with authorities continuing their investigation.

On Nov. 27, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Fresno Area California Highway Patrol (CHP) Communications Center received a call of an injury collision on Highway 180 just west of Floyd Avenue, in western Fresno County. Officers from the Fresno Area CHP and medical emergency personnel responded to the scene. 

Preliminary investigation indicates a 2016 Toyota Corolla was traveling westbound on Highway 180 just west of Floyd Avenue approaching stop and go traffic. A 2022 Toyota Rav 4 and a 2013 Toyota Corolla were also westbound on Highway 180 just west of Floyd Avenue approaching the rear of the 2016 Corolla. A 2017 Ford F-550 was traveling eastbound on Highway 180 just west of Floyd Avenue approaching the three westbound vehicles.

Due to the Rav 4’s unsafe speed, the driver failed to see the 2016 Corolla coming to a stop in a sufficient amount of time and struck the rear of the 2016 Corolla. This impact caused the Rav 4 to veer directly into the path of the F-550, where the two vehicles collided. 

The F-550 veered in an easterly direction where the front of the F-550 struck the 2013 Corolla. As a result of this crash, the right front 67-year-old passenger of the Rav 4 sustained critical injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

The 47-year-old driver of the Rav 4 sustained major injuries and was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. A surviving passenger was also transported to Community Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.  

The driver and sole occupant of the 2016 Corolla was transported to Clovis Community Hospital for minor injuries. No injuries were sustained to the occupants of the F-550 or the 2013 Corolla.

Drugs and/or alcohol are not believed to have been a factor in this crash. The investigation is ongoing.    

For any additional information contact the Fresno Area Public Information officer at 559-705-2200.

Mid Valley Times Staff