Jamee Chargualaf Killed in Big Rig Crash on 5 Freeway [Gustine, CA]
Jamee Chargualaf Identified in Fatal Gustine Multi-Vehicle Crash
GUSTINE, CA (January 10, 2020) — A 24-year-old man died in a multi-vehicle crash on 5 Freeway in Gustine early Wednesday.
The Merced County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Jamee Chargualaf of Hanford.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash involved a 2014 Volvo semi-truck trailer, a 2013 Peterbilt semi-truck that was towing a tanker filled with 8,600 gallons of gasoline, and a 2004 Lexus ES330.
At 12:35 a.m., the big rig was northbound in the right lane of 5 Freeway, a mile south of Highway 140. Then for inexplicable reasons, it crossed over the center median and entered the southbound lanes of the freeway.
The big rig subsequently sideswiped the tanker. As a result, the tanker overturned on the right shoulder of the freeway and spilled an undetermined amount of gas. The big rig then collided head-on with the Lexus.
Chargualaf, who was a passenger in the Lexus, died at the scene due to major injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash as per officials.
The driver of the Lexus, a 24-year-old Lemoore man; and another 21-year-old Lemoore man in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. The 21-year-old Lemoore man was not wearing a seatbelt.
On the other hand, the 54-year-old Sun City man driving the big rig suffered minor injuries in the vehicle, while the 47-year-old Sacramento man hauling the oil tanker didn’t have any injuries.
Meantime, the authorities closed southbound 5 Freeway during the oil spill cleanup. All lanes reopened in the afternoon.
Our deepest thoughts and regrets are with the loved ones of Jamee Chargualaf.
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