Fatal Merced County Collision on I-5 Freeway 

Investigators are working to determine the cause of a collision that resulted in a death in Gustine on Tuesday afternoon. 

The crash occurred at 2:16 p.m. at the off ramp to Central Yosemite Highway on the I-5 Freeway. 

The vehicles involved were a semi-truck and Hyundai Sonata which collided within the northbound lanes. 

Sadly, one person died upon impact and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. 

A tow truck was also needed to remove the Hyundai from the scene. 

Further details will be provided once an investigation is concluded. 

It is most often those in passenger cars that are killed in large truck collisions. Semi trucks typically weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars which leaves occupants of smaller cars more vulnerable. 

It is also much more difficult for larger trucks to stop so their braking capability can also be a factor in these collisions. 

According to the D.O.T., in 2019 67% of fatal collisions involving large trucks were occupants of a passenger car.

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