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LEMOORE — Three people were injured Wednesday after their vehicle rear-ended a Freightliner truck, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Just after 11 a.m., CHP officers from the Hanford area office said they responded to the area of state Route 41, south of Elgin Avenue in rural Lemoore, for a report of a traffic collision.

During the course of the investigation, officers said they determined a 36-year old man from Lemoore was stopped in a 1997 Freightliner eastbound on Elgin Avenue at state Route 41.

CHP said the man driving the Freightliner then made a right turn onto southbound state Route 41 and began accelerating.

At the same time, officials said a 21-year-old man from Quitman, Texas, was traveling with his family southbound on state Route 41 in a 2012 Nissan at approximately 65 mph approaching the rear of the Freightliner.

The driver of the Nissan then looked back to his 21-year-old wife and 2-year-old daughter, who were both unrestrained in the back seat, officials said.

Officers said the man driving the Nissan failed to recognize the Freightliner was directly in front of him and rear-ended the back of it.

Due to the woman and child being unrestrained, CHP said the 2-year-old daughter was sent forward into the back of the front passenger seat and the woman was ejected out the front windshield.

All three passengers in the Nissan were transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with major injuries. Their conditions were unavailable. The man in the Freightliner was not injured, officers said.

Authorities said the crash is still under investigation, but said it does not appear drugs or alcohol were factors in the incident.

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