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Fatality on Highway 41 near State Route 145

August 6, 2011- Saturday on Highway 41 a fatal crash occurred near State Route 145, in Madera County. The driver of a Mazda was trying to pass in the busy southbound lane. When the vehicle went to pass the car in front of it, it crashed head on into a blue Ford Escape. Both the Mazda and the SUV spun around.  The SUV ended up on its side, along the edge of the road.

The driver of the SUV had to be cut out of the vehicle, by the fire department. The driver of that Mazda, sadly, died at the scene.

The CHP said that passing is allowed on that part of the highway. But it should be done with caution. Especially during busy weekend traffic.

The driver of the Ford Escape and the passenger of the Mazda were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.