Driver Killed in Accident at Hwy 99 in Merced, CA

March 6, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

Hwy 99, Merced, California, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
California Highway Patrol
Hwy 99
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Tractor-trailer collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe

What Happened

Police have arrested a driver in connection to a fatal semi-truck crash that they believe may have involved alcohol. California Highway Patrol officials believe it happened at Hwy 99 in Merced, CA on March 6th, 2023. According to their investigators, 35-year-old Anthony Carracso was allegedly attempting to pass a southbound semi-truck around 11:23 p.m. They say the vehicle was attempting to pass in a narrow shoulder lane, allegedly at a high rate of speed, before becoming trapped between the truck and a guardrail. They believe this caused the truck to become jack knifed which led to it overturning and traveling down an embankment. The driver of the truck, an unnamed 55-year-old Sacramento man, died at the scene. Authorities arrested Carrasco under suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. Additional information was not available.

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