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UPDATE: Fresno woman, Fullerton man seriously hurt in Hwy. 46 crash

UPDATE Sunday 5:15 p.m.

The drivers involved in Saturday night’s crash along Highway 46 were a 49-year-old man from Fullerton, a 41-year-old Visalia man and a 37-year-old Fresno woman, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Fullerton man, Faustino Ponce Barcenas, was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk and causing an injury, and driving without a license.

He was treated at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton for a broken left forearm and fractured cervical vertabra, according to the CHP.

Ponce Barcenas – who was driving a 1995 Dodge Caravan west on the highway near the Y-split with Highway 41 in Cholame – is accused of allowing his vehicle to drift into the eastbound lane because of his drunkenness about 11:15 p.m.

His van crashed into a 2010 Nissan Altima driven by Pablo Elgarista of Visalia, according to the CHP.

The agency says that Elgarista had pulled over to the right shoulder after noticing oncoming headlights, and that Ponce Barcenas’ van sideswiped the Altima.

Ponce Barcenas then crashed his van head-on into a 2001 Nissan Maxima driven by Maria de Jesus Garcia of Fresno, according to the CHP.

She suffered a broken hip and pelvis, and was airlifted to a Fresno hospital after bring treated initially at Twin Cities, the CHP said.



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Two people were hospitalized after a head-on collision late Saturday night along Highway 46 East near the North County community of Cholame, according to the California Highway Patrol.

About 11:15 p.m., a blue Dodge Caravan crashed into a gray Nissan Maxima about 23 miles east of Paso Robles, just west of the Y-split of 46 with Highway 41, according to the CHP.

The agency reports that an unidentified woman who suffered major injuries was airlifted to an unidentified hospital in Fresno.

An unidentified man who faces drunken-driving charges was being treated for major injuries at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, but might be moved to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, according to the CHP.

The two were trapped in their vehicles and had to be extricated.

A man in a third vehicle that was involved did not appear to be hurt, the agency reports.

It’s not known where the drivers involved are from.

Both lanes of the highway – a key route linking San Luis Obispo and the Central Valley – were closed until about 1 a.m., according to the CHP.

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