VISALIA, CA (May 13, 2019) – Briseda and Nicholas Herrera, 29 and 12 respectively, were killed and two others were injured in a multi-vehicle, big-rig involved crash on Highway 63 and Avenue 336.
The woman and the boy, whose relationship is still unknown at this time, were driving South on Highway 63 (Dinuba Boulevard) when the deadly collision happened. Around 8 a.m., the Honda Herrera was driving swerved into the Northbound lane to pass a vehicle that she failed to see had stopped in her lane to turn left onto a residential street. It was then that she crashed into the Peterbilt semi-truck, which was carrying a large quantity of lemons.
Brandon Tate, a tile contractor on his way to work, who Herrera attempted to pass, stated, “I saw her coming up behind me in my rear-view mirror. She wasn’t paying attention or didn’t see the [Peterbilt] and tried to pass me. She slammed into the truck going about 60 miles-per-hour.”
Both Briseda and Nicholas were pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have stated that Briseda died on impact. The wreck was so bad, the Honda was stuck wedged under the big rig and split in half. The initial accident stirred up dust in the roadway and decreased visibility, causing a Toyota to crash into the 18-wheeler as well.
The couple in the Toyota, a woman and a man, suffered minor injuries and were pulled out of their vehicle by Tate and his crew. The driver of the Peterbilt was uninjured.
Lemons covered the roadway. The accident also caused 50 gallons of diesel to spill out onto the roadway. Highway 63 was closed for hours as a Hazmat crew worked to clean up the mess.
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