On May 3, 2016, at approximately 10:00 a.m., a truck driver was driving a tractor-trailer southbound on Highway 41 when he came upon stopped traffic south of Road 406. The truck driver swerved right and ran up an embankment causing the truck to overturn and falling on top of two cars.
Roy Boustani, 60, and Natali Boustani, 30, where two who were hit by the tractor-trailer. They both suffered serious injuries. Roy Boustani was transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for treatment. Natali Boustani was trapped beneath a septic tank and it took over an hour to free her. She was airlifted to Community Regional.
Two occupants of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. The truck driver sustained head injuries. He was also airlifted to Community Regional. The crash is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.
The current federal weight limit for a large interstate truck is 80,000 pounds, but for some states, there are exemptions and permits allowing even heavier trucks to travel on our roadways. Bigger, heavier trucks are more likely to be in a crash, more likely to cause damage to our roads and bridges, and more likely to result in an injury or death.