On August 20, 2018, at approximately 1950 hours, the Fresno Communication Center (FCC) received a call of a solo vehicle traffic collision on SR-99 southbound south of just Avenue 76. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Visalia Area Office responded to the scene and investigated the collision.
During the course of the investigation it was determined the 34 year old female driver of a 2000 GMC Yukon was traveling on SR-99 southbound over Avenue 76, and ran off the road into the median for unknown reasons. The GMC struck a metal guardrail, overturned through the median, and came to rest on its roof blocking the number two lane of SR-99 northbound. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.
There were four occupants in the GMC. The female driver was ejected from the vehicle and came to rest on the right shoulder of the freeway and succumbed to her injuries. There was a four month old female child in an improperly secured car seat. The child was removed from the vehicle without any visible injuries; however, the child was transported by Skylife helicopter to Kaweah Delta Medical Center as a precaution.
There were two adult male passengers with injuries transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center.
The northbound lanes of SR-99 were closed at Avenue 72 for safety due the lane blockage and to facilitate recovery of the vehicle. CalTrans responded to assist with traffic control and a short detour, with traffic re-entering SR-99 from Avenue 80.
Alcohol and/or drugs is not believed to be a factor, but the investigation is ongoing.