Big-Rig Crash on Highway 99 Leaves One Fatality

MERCED, CA (June 25, 2021) – A fatal crash on Highway 99 involving a big-rig claimed the life of a Michael Bradfute on Wednesday.

The CHP responded to the scene around 10:40 p.m., on the northbound No. 1 lane of the highway, just south of V Street.

Furthermore, authorities pointed out that an ongoing road construction caused the No. 1 lane to merge into the No. 2 lane. As a result, a 2021 Mazda CX-5 rear-ended a big-rig driven by 52-year-old Robert Ondracek, of Fresno.

Due to the impact of the crash, the Mazda driver suffered critical injuries and died at the scene. The coroner’s office later identified him as 42-year-old Michael Bradfute.

Meanwhile, the driver of the big-rig remained uninjured.

Officials shut down Highway 99 for more than 3 hours to conduct an investigation and clear the scene.

No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Michael Bradfute.

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