CHOWCHILLA — A semitrailer truck slowing for a blown tire on State Route 99 was struck by a second semi Friday morning, injuring the driver and causing the loaded double trailers to overturn, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The collision happened about 10 a.m., according to CHP Sgt. Michael Donnelly. Both trucks were southbound, just south of Minturn Avenue in north Madera County, when the first truck started to slow and pull over due to the tire blowout.
“The first truck had his hazard lights on and was slowing, coming to a stop on the right-hand shoulder. The second big rig thought he had cleared the first truck, was attempting to go around him when he struck and scraped down the whole right side of the first truck. The second truck was pulling double trailers — fully loaded with grain — and for some unknown reason he over corrected and pulled back to the right, causing both double trailers to overturn and spill,” Donnelly said.
The driver of the overturned truck sustained minor injuries, cuts and bruises and was treated at the scene...