Five Madera teenagers were seriously injured Monday morning, three of them critically, after an unlicensed driver of a pickup ran a stop sign and pulled in front of a loaded semitrailer truck pulling double trailers full of grapes on Avenue 12, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The collision happened shortly after 10 a.m., at the intersection of Road 26 1/2. The two most seriously injured of the teens were flown out by Lifeflight helicopter. Due to the extent of their injuries, all five teenagers were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.
None of the injured juveniles carried identification, and officers were working to establish their identities as of Monday afternoon, and determine where they were going at the time of the crash.
CHP Sgt. Jon Johnson said the male driver of the pickup was unlicensed, believed to be 17 and was southbound on Road 26 1/2 in a 2003 Chevy Silverado when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Avenue 12...