July 11, 2016- A head-on pickup truck collision ended in fatality, on Monday, southeast of Mendota. The Fresno County tractor-trailer accident occurred on West Jefferson Avenue, at about 1:37 PM.
A 2010 GMC truck, driven by Herman Toews, 74, of Fresno, was traveling east on Jefferson Avenue. The pickup for an unexplained reason drifted across the roadway into oncoming traffic, near Santa Fe Road.
A Peterbilt big rig, driven by a Los Banos man, 71, was headed west on Jefferson at the time the GMC veered into the lane. The semi’s driver attempted to swerve out of the way, but wasn’t able to in time, and the two vehicles hit each other head-on.
Toews died at the scene of the accident.
The Los Banos man sustained major injuries. He was taken by helicopter to Community Regional Medical Center, in Fresno.