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1 killed, 2 injured in head-on crash on Highway 41

Two cars were involved in a crash Friday, March 17, 2017, on Highway 41, just north of Highway 46. According to the Cal Fire, one person was killed in the crash.
Two cars were involved in a crash Friday, March 17, 2017, on Highway 41, just north of Highway 46. According to the Cal Fire, one person was killed in the crash.

One person was killed and two others injured when two cars crashed head-on Friday night on Highway 41 near the Cholame Y, said Cal Fire Capt. Brent Lee.

Cal Fire extricated two injured people trapped in one of the vehicles using the Jaws of Life, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. An ambulance took one person to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, and a CHP helicopter airlifted the other person, according to the release.

Both patients are in fair condition, said Shannon Downing, a Sierra Vista spokeswoman.

The crash occurred about 9:20 p.m. north of Highway 46, a CHP dispatcher said. A Clovis woman was driving south in a 2013 Honda Accord when she veered into the northbound lane, according to the release.

Police said she then collided with 54-year-old Max Martinez, of Shandon, who was driving north in a 2013 Subaru.

Cal Fire extricated the driver of the Honda and her passenger, 23-year-old Serena Garcia, of Fresno, from the vehicle. Authorities have not released the name of the 22-year-old driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, police said.

CHP closed Highway 41 in both directions for about three hours. They also diverted traffic at Highway 33.

Two engines and two ambulances were dispatched to the scene, Lee said. The crash is under investigation.

Megan Henney: 805-781-7915, @megan_henney

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