Two Clovis men, aged 54 and 25, driving motorcycles died at the scene of a collision on Saturday afternoon which the California Highway Patrol said a day later involved four vehicles in total.
The names of those killed had still not been published in the report released by the CHP on Sunday.
Highway patrol officers answered the call around 3:35 p.m., Fresno-area CHP spokesperson Mike Salas said in a press release on Sunday. The report said the crash involved two Harley Davidson motorcycles and two vehicles – a pickup truck and an SUV – on Auberry Road, north of Summit Mountain Road.
Preliminary investigation found motorcyclists were driving south on Auberry Road as they approached the back of a Ford F-150 driven by a man from Watsonville.
The truck was traveling at around 50 mph. Meanwhile, a white Subaru Forester, driven by another man from Clovis, was heading north on Auberry, also traveling at around 50 mph, the statement said.
“Both riders attempted to overtake the Ford F150 by taking the northbound lane directly into the path of the oncoming Subaru Forester,” the statement said.
The first motorcyclist lost control and crashed into the road, was thrown from the bike and then hit by the SUV, the statement said. The second motorcycle collided with the SUV.
The SUV, while trying to avoid the motorcycles, collided with the truck, the statement said. The driver of the SUV was taken to the regional community medical center with moderate injuries.
No injuries were reported for the driver of the pickup.
Both bikers wore helmets. It was not known whether drugs or alcohol were a factor, pending toxicological results.