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Delhi man killed in Madera crash

A Delhi man was killed in an early morning collision involving multiple vehicles on a two-lane highway in Madera on Thursday.

The name of the deceased has not been released by the Madera County Coroner’s Office.

The collision happened shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday on State Route 145, west of Road 36.

The deceased, a 69-year-old man from Delhi, was driving a 1995 Dodge Dakota westbound on Highway 145 at an undetermined speed.

For an unknown reason, the man allowed the Dodge to drift into the eastbound lane, where it struck three vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Dodge Dakota struck the left front of a 2005 Ford F-150, driven by Jose Gomez, 22, of Madera. The Dodge traveled out of control into the left rear of a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Juan Infante, 34, of Madera. The force of that impact spun the Dodge around until it collided with a 2001 Ford Escape, driven by Alberto Lopez, 43, of Madera. The front of the Ford struck the right side of the Dodge, according to the CHP report.

The Delhi man sustained fatal injuries from the wreck and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gomez and Infante were not injured in the crash. Lopez sustained minor injuries, but said he would seek his medical attention on his own. A male passenger in the Ford had a broken leg and was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The CHP does not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision. The incident remains under investigation.