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Hilmar: Two Killed, One Seriously Injured in Fiery Truck Crash


Shortly before 9 a.m. on Friday, November 9, two people were killed and one was seriously injured in a fiery truck crash in the town of Hilmar. While traveling on River Road, the female driver lost control of the Dodge truck near Kelley Road and broadsided an oak tree, the impact causing the vehicle to ignite into flames. The driver and a female passenger in the front seat suffered fatal trauma. A woman in the backseat was extricated from the wreckage and airlifted to a hospital to receive treatment for second degree burns. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“After a collision resulting in serious or fatal harm, the victims may pursue personal injury claims to receive compensation for their recovery-related expenses, and the families of those who were killed may file wrongful death claims in order to hold the negligent driver liable for their losses,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.

Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 25 people and injured another 1,668 in Merced County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Merced 16th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two women who were killed in the fiery crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was seriously injured.

KFSN-TV Fresno originally reported this Hilmar crash.

Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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