A single vehicle crash claimed yet another life along California roads yesterday.
The accident took place along Highway 137 six miles west of Tulare. A Ford Bronco sport utility vehicle was headed east along that road. When the vehicle came upon the area west of Road 60, it began to drift off of the highway for reasons that were not immediately ascertained by the California Highway Patrol. The driver reportedly attempted to correct course and brought the vehicle to the left and then back over to the right. It was at this point that the automobile spun around and tipped over.
The Bronco rolled a number of times, and in the process, the driver was thrust from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. The SUV finally came to a stop upside down in the center of the road.
The driver of the vehicle sustained injuries that proved to be fatal and was pronounced dead on scene. The passenger, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the rollover, suffered injuries that were being described as moderate. He was transported to nearby Tulare Regional Medical Center to get treatment for those injuries.
Officials were forced to close sections of the highway for around two hours to deal with the crash.