Wednesday , June 12 2024

Lexus Slams Into Tanker, One Airlifted with Major Injuries

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<p>One person sustained major injuries&nbsp;in a crash involving a tanker and a Lexus sedan Thursday&nbsp;morning.</p><p>It happened around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Fowler&nbsp;and Conejo&nbsp;Avenues.&nbsp;</p><p>A home at the intersection has a surveillance video camera that points to traffic and captured the&nbsp;crash.</p><p>It shows a tanker loaded with gasoline driving northbound on Fowler&nbsp;Avenue&nbsp;where there is no stop sign.</p><p>The white Lexus, heading eastbound on Conejo Avenue,&nbsp;fails to stop for the stop sign. </p><p>The video shows the Lexus slamming into the side of the tanker.</p><p>The driver of the Lexus was not wearing a seat belt, according to Sgt.&nbsp;Ron Dechamplain with the Fresno area CHP.&nbsp;That driver, who&nbsp;has&nbsp;only been identified as a white male&nbsp;in his 60s,&nbsp;has major injuries.&nbsp;He was&nbsp;airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center.</p><p>Both the passenger of the Lexus and the driver of the tanker sustained some injuries with the extent of their injuries unknown. But they were both responsive at the time&nbsp;and were&nbsp;taken to the hospital,&nbsp;Dechamplain said.</p><p>The CHP is&nbsp;investigating, and they have surveillance&nbsp;video to help them out. </p><p>&quot;They have a camera that captures traffic going through the intersection, so the cause of the accident is pretty cut and dry,&quot; Dechamplain said.'</p><p>&quot;Crews were also worried and concerned because gas and diesel were leaking from the tractor trailer that were involved in the accident,&quot; said Capt. Ryan Michaels with Fresno County Cal Fire.</p><p>Michaels said it could’ve been much worse. Anytime there’s gasoline and diesel involved in a crash near ignition sources, there is&nbsp;the potential for an explosion. Fortunately, that did not happen.</p><p>The CHP is investigating to determine whether the driver of the Lexus was under the influence of anything or driving distracted.<br /></p></div>

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