Two Planada residents hurt in crash

04/21/2013 5:04 PM

04/21/2013 5:05 PM

Two Planada residents received major injuries Friday after a two-vehicle crash reported on Avenue 26 at Santa Fe Road in Madera County, California Highway Patrol reported.

The incident was reported at 2:30 p.m. after Ramon Gallardo, 54, was driving a 1998 Toyota Tacoma north on Santa Fe Road before halting at a stop sign at the intersection with Avenue 26. At the intersection, there are only stop signs on Santa Fe Road. Inside Gallardo’s car was his passenger, Jesus Gutierrez, 66, of Planada, according to CHP.

Meanwhile, Randall Coelho, 58, of Los Banos was traveling east on Avenue 26 in a Chevy Silverado approaching the intersection of Santa Fe Road. For unknown reasons, Ramon Gallardo failed to yield to Coelho, and attempted to cross the intersection directly in front of him.

Coelho applied his brakes, but couldn't avoid a collision with the Tacoma. The front passenger side of Coelho's vehicle crashed into the driver’s side of the Tacoma.

The impact forced both vehicles off the roadway and onto the north shoulder of Avenue 26, east of the intersection. Gallardo and Gutierrez were flown to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Coelho sustained only minor injuries, according to CHP.

DUI does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

— Sun-Star staff

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