A 35-year-old Selma woman is dead after changing lanes and clipping a big rig that was also traveling north on State Route 99.
The incident is still under investigation to see if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.
The California Highway Patrol reported that Alma Bernice Gordilla Zuniga was travelling north at 12:42 p.m. Oct. 2 south of Mountain View Avenue. She attempted to pass Uvaldo Fernandez, 33, of Delhi, who was driving a 2011 Freightliner tractor trailer rig in the third lane. The CHP reported she was traveling “at a high rate of speed” in her 1999 Ford F-150 when she switched lanes in front of Fernandez.
Meanwhile, Fresno’s Baljit Singh Athwal, 62, was also driving in the third lane in front of Fernandez in a 2009 Kenworth tractor trailer rig.
Fernandez merged into the center lane in order to avoid a collision. As he did, Zuniga changed lanes again into the path of Fernandez. The right front of his rig collided with the left side of her Ford.
At the same time, the right side of her truck collided with the rear of Athwal’s rig.
Fresno County Fire responded and performed life-saving efforts on Zuniga but she died. Selma Fire and Kingsburg Fire assisted in the efforts.
State Route 99 was closed for an hour to allow an investigation and traffic was diverted onto Kamm Avenue.