Big rig rolls onto van, kills man in collision south of Farmersville

A Tulare man was killed last week when he drove his car into a big rig south of Farmersville.

The accident ahppened at about 6:12 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the intersection of Highway 137 and Road 168 (Farmersville Boulevard). The big rig and a van were traveling eastbound on the highway when the driver of the big rig, identified as a Hanford man, stopped to make a left turn onto Road 168. The big tig was then hit by van whose driver was attempting to pass on the left-hand side.

The impact rocked the big rig off balance and sent it into the canal. The big rig’s trailer overturned onto the van.

According to the Tulare County Fire Department, air ambulance arrived and found the patient had no pulse. The patient was pronounced deceased. The Tulare County Coroner’s Office later identified the man as 25-year-old David Torres of Tulare.

Fire personnel extricated the victim for law enforcement and then remained at scene for approximately 30 minutes for clean up. Both vehicles were totaled and 18 tons of silage were spilled into the canal. TSCO is investigating the cause of the accident.

Fire personnel assessed the scene and after a risk analysis determined it was unsafe to approach the vehicle.

Additional fire personnel arrived at the scene with rescue equipment on the north embankment and worked for several hours to unburden the trailer so that it could be moved.

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