Two-car accident causes delays on Highway 41

Staff reportJanuary 7, 2014 

A two-vehicle collision on Highway 41 held up traffic for more than an hour around 6 p.m. Jan. 6, between Road 207 and Road 200 south of Yosemite Lakes Park.

A Ford Taurus X, driven by Tuohan Yin of Fullerton, was travelling southbound with two passengers on Highway 41 just north of Road 207 when the driver veered to the right, off the road, for unknown reasons striking a boulder on the west side of the road. Upon impact Yin corrected his mistake causing the car to overturn blocking both lanes on Highway 41.

At the same time a 1992 Lexus LS400, driven by Edward Roundtree of Coarsegold, was traveling northbound and was unable to brake to avoid a collision causing the front end of the vehicle to strike the Taurus.

According to the CHP, Roundtree was taken to St. Agnes in Fresno and Qi Vhao, a passenger in the Ford Taurus, was taken to Fresno Regional Medical Center in Fresno. No major injuries were reported and according to authorities alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash.

Multiple CHP officers, emergency crews, fire trucks and caltrans crews were called to the scene for clean up and traffic control as vehicles in the area were held to a stand still.

Cars were lined up for more than 1.5 miles in the northbound lane of Highway 41 as crews worked to help the victims and clear the roadway of debris.

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