Three Maderans killed in weekend collisions | News |

Roadways proved deadly for some people over the past weekend.

Four people died in two collisions May 13 and 14, three from Madera and one from Fresno. Some people also suffered minor and major injuries in the accidents as well that required medical treatment.

According to the California Highway Patrol, three people from Madera were killed after getting hit by an Amtrak train. On May 13 at around 12:32 p.m., a 40-year-old man was driving a 2013 Chevrolet 3500 pickup eastbound on Avenue 9 approaching a train crossing.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train was stopped on the tracks to allow a northbound Amtrak train to pass by. The driver turned north onto a northbound dirt road that is parallel to the west side of the tracks. The driver headed to another crossing north of Avenue 9.

As the driver crossed the tracks, the CHP said he failed to see the Amtrak train coming through and the train hit the truck. The driver and the two passengers, a 35-year-old and 24-year-old, were pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.

The Amtrak train, which had more than 200 passengers, sustained minor damage. No one on the train was injured.

In another collision in Fresno on May 14, a 19-year-old man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle and hitting a steel post. According to the CHP, the man was riding a 2015 Yamaha R1 northbound on Tahoe Street south of Mountain View at about 6:45 a.m.

The rider tried to make a left-hand turn but lost control of the vehicle, drove off the road and hit the base of a steel post. The post was for a stop warning sign. After striking the post, the motorcycle spun off and crashed into a grape vineyard before finally stopping.

The man sustained major injuries from the accident and was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. The CHP said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors in the accident.

A Fresno man was killed and two were seriously injured in another collision on May 14.

The CHP said that at 5:17 p.m., a 56-year-old Fresno man was driving a 2000 Mazda Miata eastbound on Avenue 9 west of Road 40. As he was passing eastbound traffic using the westbound lane, a 2014 Nissan Altima was heading westbound at about 60 mph approaching the Miata’s location.

The driver of the Miata drove back into the eastbound lane but for unknown reasons drove onto the shoulder. In an attempt to get back into the eastbound lane, he lost control and hit the westbound Altima. The Altima struck the Miata on the passenger side.

The Fresno man died of his injuries. The driver of the Altima, 33-year-old Raul Ortiz of Madera, suffered major injuries and was transported to Community Regional Medical Center. A passenger, Jesus Ortiz Munguia, had moderate injuries and was also taken to the hospital.

The CHP said alcohol and drugs weren’t factors in the accident. All three collisions are still under investigation.

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