Two accidents in same week on Highway 41 near Road 200

— Staff report

January 7, 2014 

A two-vehicle collision on Highway 41 held up traffic for more than an hour around 6 p.m. on 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 he veered to the right, off the road, for unknown reasons striking a boulder on the west wide 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. No alcohol or drug use was reported by authorities.

Multiple CHP officers, emergency crews, fire trucks and Cal-trans 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.

Single car accident near Road 200

A Toyota Camry driven by Tara True, 17, was involved in a single-car accident on Jan. 2, around 1 a.m. on Highway 41 after it swerved off the road sliding down an embankment.

True was travelling northbound on Highway 41 when her car lost control and she veered off the road hitting a rock and causing the vehicle to overturn.

According to the CHP, True swerved to avoid hitting a crate in the middle of the road forcing her car off the road and into a boulder which caused the car to overturn.

True was uninjured in the accident. According to the CHP no alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident and no citations were given.

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