On January 1 there was a single-vehicle accident involving a Mazda pickup on Road 268 near Leach Road in Madera County. According to reports the truck was traveling very fast on wet pavement when the driver, a 14-year-old girl, lost control of the truck and hit a power pole. The pole fell due to the impact. The driver and her 13-year-old passenger were not injured in the accident. However, after the accident the driver left the vehicle and stepped on a live electrical wire that had been knocked down in the accident. The electrocution from the live wire killed her.

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