2 Dead, 1 Injured in Semi-Truck Accident near Furtado Road

MERCED, CA (June 27, 2022) – Early Tuesday morning, Ieli Paulo Ieli and Andres Hernandez Diaz were killed in a big-rig accident.

Officers responded to the scene around 4:15 a.m., on Highway 59 Furtado Road.

Per reports, Diaz was a passenger inside a 2011 Ford Fusion, while Ieli was driving a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe alongside a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic. Meanwhile, a 2022 Volvo semi-truck was traveling north when the driver veered into oncoming lanes and struck the three vehicles.

Medics arrived and pronounced 33-year-old Ieli Paulo Ieli and 22-year-old Diaz dead at the scene. In addition, the 20-year-old Fusion driver also suffered injuries.

The Chevy driver, a 54-year-old Los Banos male resident, and the male semi-truck driver, a 28-year-old Kingsburg resident, remained uninjured.

Once available, further details will be provided.


The team at Sweet James offers their warm and sincerest sympathies to the friends and family of the victims. May you find comfort and strength during this time.


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