Jamee Chargualaf Dead after Big Rig Crash on 5 Freeway [Gustine, CA]
Jamee Chargualaf Killed, Three Injured in Head-On Big Rig Accident
GUSTINE, CA (January 12, 2020) – A 24-year-old Hanford man named Jamee Chargualaf died after a big rig and another vehicle crashed on Wednesday, January 8.
At 12:35 a.m., a 2014 Volvo semi-truck trailer being driven by a 54-year-old Sun City man was traveling north in the right lane of 5 Freeway, a mile south of Highway 140. Then for unknown reasons, it crossed over the center median and went into the southbound lanes of the highway, CHP Los Banos said.
The big rig first struck a 2013 Peterbilt semi-truck towing a tanker filled with 8,600 gallons of gasoline. This caused the tanker to roll over on the right shoulder of the freeway. It spilled an undetermined amount of gas.
The big rig then crashed head-on with a 2004 Lexus ES330. The 24-year-old male driver in the Lexus and 21-year-old male passenger, both from Lemoore, had minor injuries. The Lexus passenger did not wear his seat belt during the crash.
According to authorities, Chargualaf, who was also a passenger in the Lexus sustained serious injuries and died at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt.
The Sun City driver of the big rig had minor injuries. The 47-year-old Sacramento man hauling the oil tanker was not hurt.
Officials temporarily closed the southbound lanes the freeway due to the cleanup of the oil spill.
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