One Killed in a Head-On Car Accident in Hanford, CA
December 4, 2023

Kings County, California (Hanford, CA) – On Sunday, December 3, 2023, a wrong-way driver died after colliding head-on with another vehicle in Hanford, CA.

At around 1:50 a.m., a 2002 Ford F-250 was heading westbound on HWY 198 east of 12th Avenue in the No. 1 lane, followed by a 2015 Kia Soul at No. 2 lane. A 24-year-old Hanford man was driving his 2016 Toyota Corolla in the incorrect direction on eastbound HWY 198 as he approached the Ford. Ford was unable to avoid colliding with the wrong-way vehicle and collided head-on.

According to investigators, the Toyota was quickly engulfed in flames and the Ford toppled, landing in front of the Kia. Kia attempted to avoid colliding with the Ford but was still hit by it. As a result, officers declared the 24-year-old deceased at the site. The Ford driver sustained serious injuries and was flown to a nearby hospital.

The other two Ford passengers suffered slight and moderate injuries, while two Kia occupants suffered minor injuries. They were all taken to nearby hospitals. At this point, it is unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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