Multiple injuries in I-5 crash

Three people suffered major injuries in a solo vehicle accident on Interstate 5 north of Cottonwood Road on May 31, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP said the accident occurred when a northbound 2003 GMC Sierra driven by Saul Garcia, 21, of Visalia, left the roadway for unknown reasons and overturned, striking a fence and almond trees.

Garcia and two passengers, identified as Maria Viramontes, 52, and Maria De Jesus Garcia, 31, both of Visalia, were transported to area hospitals with injuries described by the CHP as major.

An 11-year-old passenger, also from Visalia, was not injured, the CHP news release indicated.

The accident occurred shortly after 6 a.m.

Newman Fire report

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 18 calls for service from May 28 through June 2. Calls included two fire alarms, two smoke checks, one motor vehicle accident, nine medical aid responses, two potential structure fires, one public assist and one vegetation.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said the motor vehicle accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Stuhr and Highway 33, and involved minor injuries.

Newman crews also assisted with a May 30 vegetation fire at Del Puerto Canyon Road and Sperry Road which burned an estimated 144 acres, Bowen reported.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and rainfall amounts for the past week. Information for the previous 24-hour period is recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, May 27: 77/48, with .24 inches of rain

Tuesday, May 28: 83/52

Wednesday, May 29: 90/57

Thursday, May 30: 93/55

Friday, May 31: 93/61

Saturday, June 1: 97/62

Sunday, June 2: 95/60