San Diego woman dies in rollover crash on I-5 near Firebaugh

The Fresno BeeJune 28, 2014 

A 72-year-old San Diego woman died Saturday morning in a single-vehicle rollover accident on Interstate 5 near Los Banos that injured five others, including three children.

The deceased woman's name was not released.

The accident closed one lane of the freeway for several hours.

The California Highway Patrol said the woman who died was a passenger and was thrown out of the vehicle during the accident, which happened about 11:20 a.m. near Russell Avenue.

According to the CHP, a 1999 Plymouth Grand Voyager was going about 70 miles per hour north on Interstate 5 when for unknown reasons it went into the gravel center divider.

The driver, a 16-year-old boy, 16, from San Diego, tried to correct and the car overturned and went back into the northbound lanes. He was not identified.

The driver had minor injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Four passengers, all from San Diego, also had injuries and were taken to the hospital. Jesus Blas, 50, had minor injuries. Mary Blas, 47, and a girl, 14, had major injuries and an boy, 11, had minor injuries, the CHP said.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected, the CHP said.

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