HANFORD — Two pickups crashed in the early morning hours Thursday in Hanford, leaving two dead and four others injured, according to police.
A press release from the Hanford Police Department said officers arrived on scene near the area of Grangeville Boulevard and 9 ¼ Avenue to find three men who sustained major injuries. The men had been ejected from a Dodge pickup that was on fire with two women still inside.
Police said citizens tried to pull the victims out of the truck, but were unable to get to them because of the fire.
Officers then located another victim inside a Toyota pickup, who had also sustained major injuries.
The accident happened around 1 a.m. Thursday when the northbound Dodge pickup and eastbound Toyota pickup collided at the intersection, police said.
Police said crews from the Hanford Fire Department arrived on scene to put the truck fire out and assisted with the medical treatment of those injured in the accident. The victims were taken to hospitals in Fresno or Visalia.
Lt. Greg Freiner with Hanford Police said the identities and ages of the two women who died have not been determined and will not be released, pending notification of relatives.
Freiner said the men injured are in critical condition and unable to speak with investigators at this time.
Freiner said drugs or alcohol are suspected to have played a role in the accident, but the Hanford Police Department will continue to investigate.