Fatal Big Rig Collision on Highway 99 Near Merced
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded to a call of a fatal big rig collision on Highway 99 near the Merced area on Saturday, December 13, 2020. The incident occurred shortly before 3:00 a.m. along the northbound lanes of State Route 99 in the vicinity of Mission Avenue. According to CHP traffic officers, a driver of a 2020 Jeep Cherokee was involved in a traffic collision with a garbage truck, causing the Jeep to veer out of control and come to a rest in the No. 2 lane. Moments after, the Jeep was hit by a large truck pulling two trailers. The driver of the big rig informed CHP officials that they were unable to see the Jeep. The second truck accident resulted in the driver of the Jeep being propelled from the vehicle.