Long Barn, CA – An 86-year-old Sonora man walked away from a wreck, but unexpectedly died while waiting for his car to be towed.
The crash happened just after noon on Thursday on Highway 108 near Wheeler Road west of Long Barn. A Tucson, Arizona resident was driving a 2012 Ford F-150 pickup westbound on the highway when he pulled over to the right shoulder and began to make a U-turn as the Sonora man came up from behind, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado truck.
The pickups then collided, sending the Silverado off the roadway, where it smashed into several trees. The passenger of the Silverado, also from Sonora, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries. It was while the Silverado driver was seated in the tow truck that the operator noticed him slumped over in the cab. Despite CPR attempts by a CHP officer, an off-duty firefighter and the tow truck operator, the man was pronounced dead at the scene by responding medical personnel.
Alcohol or drugs were not a considered a factor in the accident. The CHP has yet to release the names of three people involved in the crash.