A two-vehicle head on collision in Farmington early Tuesday morning, March 14, claimed the life of one driver.
California Highway Patrol officers out of Stockton responded to the scene along with two ambulances and Farmington Fire Department personnel. The crash occurred along Highway 4 near Stanley Road, just west of Escalon-Bellota Road.
According to Farmington Fire Chief Conni Bailey, the call came in to their office at 6:21 a.m. Tuesday and units were on the scene shortly thereafter.
CHP officials said one driver was pronounced dead at the scene, identified only as 54-year-old man. He was driving a Ford F-150 pick-up westbound on Highway 4 when, for an undetermined reason, the truck crossed into the eastbound lane and into oncoming traffic. It struck a Chevy Cavalier, driven by a 35-year-old man, head on.
Chief Bailey said fire crews had to extricate the driver of the Chevy and he was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with major injuries. The truck driver died at the scene, despite efforts to resuscitate him.
The investigation is ongoing and names of the drivers – who were the only ones in the vehicles – were not available as of press time.