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Merced County Big Rig Crash Ends in Fatality on Highway 165, near Los Banos

June 23, 2015- A fatal big rig accident took place on Highway 165, in Merced County.  The semi truck collision occurred between Los Banos and Hilmar, on Tuesday, at about 2:00 PM.

Thomas Watkins, of Los Banos, was driving a white 2016 Acura ILX, on State Route 165, near Wolfsen Road.  The Acura crashed into a 2005 Kenworth tractor-trailer, driven by Jason Cann, 43, with passenger Lori Cuffman, 43, of San Lorenzo.

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It has been reported that the Acura was driving erratically right before the collision.

Watkins was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cuffman suffered serious injuries, and was taken to a local hospital.  Cann sustained minor injuries.

Please call if you would like us to investigate this accident. The event data recorders with the airbag modules may have recorded the vehicle speeds. And we can look into whether there was some type of malfunction. 
Our firm is located in Visalia, south of Fresno.Attorney John Rozier. 559-713-0159 or contact us online