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Fatal Big Rig and Van Collision in Fresno County, on American & Navelencia Avenues

January 9, 2015- A fatal semi truck accident took place in Fresno County, on Friday.  The van collision ended in four fatalities, near Orange Cove, northeast of Reedley.

A Chevy Astro minivan, that carried nine people, including the driver; Augustin Mendoza, of Porterville, was traveling on American Avenue.  As the Chevrolet reached the intersection of American and Navelencia avenues, Mendoza tried to pass a big rig illegally.

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The tractor-trailer was turning left onto Navelencia Ave. when the van attempted to pass, and the Chevy smashed into the front of the semi.  The semi truck rolled over from the impact of the crash, and four people were ejected from the Astro van.

The van only had eight seats and the four men were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.  The passengers who were thrown have been identified as; Aguileo Vazquez Vargas, his son Fortino Vasquez Tepeco, Jorge Aguilera, and Pedro Rodriguez Vasquez.  They died at the scene of the accident.

The other farm workers suffered minor injuries and were taken for treatment, to Community Regional Medical Center, in Fresno.

The big rig driver was uninjured.

Mendoza was arrested for vehicular manslaughter.

Attorney Rozier is located in Visalia in Tulare County, and would like to speak to the families of the accident victims.  Please let him help you during this trying time.  Call him at 559-713-0159 or