UPDATE: The bodies pulled from the vehicle were reported to be a 33-year-old man from Snelling, his wife, daughter and son. We are waiting for notification of next of kin before releasing their names. An earlier report of a resident hearing screeching tires has been corrected to the resident heard the tires screeching sometime between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. the night before.
UPDATE: Passersby’ in a tall truck noticed skid marks on the road and that they continued through the fresh grass. The driver then saw the pick up truck upside down in the canal and 911 was immediately called. The other person heard tires skidding in the distance, but did not hear a crash and was unaware of the tragedy that had occurred.
MERCED COUNTY, CA – Merced Area CHP, Riggs, and Cal-Fire have responded to Youd and Amsterdam Road in Winton for a pickup truck that was overturned and is fully submerged in a canal. Witnesses in the area reported hearing tires screeching sometime between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. last night and that medical personnel were not called until 8:24 a.m. It has been confirmed on-scene that four victims have died.
We are awaiting a report from the Merced Area CHP and the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. When the information is available we will update this story.