A tragic story: Eight people lost their lives in a head-on collision that occurred in a central California farming area.

MADERA, California: A head-on collision in a central California farming area on Friday claimed the lives of seven farmworkers who were in a van and the driver of a pickup truck, according to authorities.
most of them were totally crushed amidst blossoming almond trees close to the Madera town, roughly 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) outside of Fresno, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Javier Ruvalcaba.

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According to Ruvalcaba, one farmworker who was sitting in the back of the van survived and was brought to a hospital. I think he’ll be okay, said Ruvalcaba.
He claimed that only two of the farmworkers were fastened with seatbelts. “If they had been wearing their seatbelts, the rear passengers would have probably survived,” Ruvalcaba stated.

Before colliding head-on with the van on a two-lane rural highway, the black pickup truck was swerving in and out of its lane, according to a witness, Ruvalcaba said.
“At this point, we don’t know whether alcohol or drugs played a factor,” he stated.
When the crash occurred, the farmworkers were roughly 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the vineyard where they were employed as pruners, according to Ruvalcaba.
The van was en route to Firebaugh, a farming community renowned for its fields of asparagus, tomatoes, garlic, and other vegetables as well as its vineyards.



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