Woman dies in crash near Gustine

GUSTINE — The California Highway Patrol reported that a woman was killed Sunday after her car veered off Interstate 5 and struck a tree.

Details about the solo vehicle collision are sketchy and the name and age of the victim have not been released by CHP investigators.

The incident was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CHP Officer Joseph Miller.

The woman had been traveling northbound at an unknown rate of speed on Interstate 5, south of Highway 140. For unknown reasons, her 2003 Volvo had drifted off the east side of Interstate 5 and went through a fence, Miller said.

The victim’s car became airborne and traveled into a dry creek bed, striking a small tree. Paramedics from Merced County Fire Department responded to the scene, along with officers from the Los Banos CHP office.There were no passengers in the victim’s car, which had overturned, and no one else was involved in the collision, Miller said.

The woman was pinned inside of her car, Miller said. It is unknown whether DUI was a factor in the collision and the case remains under investigation, Miller said.

Anyone with information about the case can call the CHP’s Los Banos office at (209) 826-3811.