Accident Kills Two Near Madera County
Accident Kills Two Near Madera County — A head-on collision in Madera County claimed the lives of two Oakhurst residents on September 7, 2018. Shortly after 10:30 in the morning, a driver of a 2013 Ford Fusion was traveling eastbound along Highway 145 when the motorist veered over the double yellow line and entered the oncoming traffic lane to pass a slower moving vehicle. The Ford driver reportedly entered the direct path of a westbound Hyundai Accent, which resulted in a severe head-on collision. The impact of the accident caused the Hyundai to ignite, sparking a small grass fire in the area that was extinguished quickly by emergency personnel. Medical responders transported the two adolescent passengers of the Ford to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Unfortunately, the Hyundai driver and another passenger of the Ford were pronounced deceased at the scene. The victims have been identified by officials as 51-year-old Karrie Lynn Peterson and 53-year-old Heidi Lynn Vanzeyl, both of Oakhurst.