A single vehicle accident in Merced County left two people, including one child, with major injuries after they were ejected during a rollover crash.
The accident remains under investigation, but it’s possible it was triggered by a tire blowout, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash happened about 3:30 p.m. Monday on Highway 99, near W. Bradbury Road in Delhi.
The driver, Clarissa Coward, 42, of Stockton was driving a 2004 Dodge Durango southbound on the highway at an estimated speed of 65 miles per hour.
The Dodge was in the number one lane and was starting to move to the right, when Coward suddenly lost control of the vehicle.
The Dodge veered across the number two lane, the shoulder and across an on-ramp before it overturned down an embankment.
The right front passenger, Alysea Jones, 19, of Stockton and an 11-year-old juvenile were both ejected during the rollover. Both were taken by air ambulance to an area hospital. Coward was taken to a hospital with a complaint of pain.
The CHP report states Jones was not wearing a seat belt. It’s unknown about the other occupants.
Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the collision.