CHP still sorting out three-car collision

Porterville woman drives into busy intersection at Hwy 65 and Ave. 196 against a red light forcing three people to go to the hospital

TULARE COUNTY – California Highway Patrol investigators are still sorting out why a 65-year-old woman drove out into a busy intersection forcing a three-car-accident near Strathmore.

According to CHP last Monday, Oct. 19 at approximately 3:14 p.m., CHP was notified of a three-vehicle collision which occurred on Avenue 196 at Highway 65, officers from the Porterville area CHP and medical personnel responded to the scene.

The preliminary investigation determined the following information: Patsy Hulse, 65, from Porterville was driving a 2016 Ford F250 westbound on Avenue 196, at Hwy 65, at an unknown speed, and was facing a steady red traffic light. Martin Silva, 70, from Porterville was driving a 2001 Honda Civic northbound on Hwy 65, in the No. 1 lane, at Avenue 196, at approximately 65 mph and was facing a steady green traffic light. Mayra Trejo-Garcia, 19, from Strathmore was driving a 2017 Ram 1500 southbound on Hwy 65, north of Avenue 196 and was stopped in the left turn lane due to a steady red traffic light.

For unknown reasons, Hulse drove her Ford F250 into the intersection, against the steady red traffic light and allowed the front of the Ford F250 to collide with the right side of the Honda Civic. Due to the force from the impact, the Honda Civic was pushed into the left front of the Ram 1500. After the traffic collision Mary Nichols, 73, from Porterville, who was a passenger in the Honda, was transported to Kaweah Delta Medical Center by ground ambulance having sustained major injuries. Silva was transported by ground ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center having sustained minor injuries.

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