PORTERVILLE, Calif. - Two collisions involving three vehicles caused injuries to the the three drivers early Sunday morning, according to officials from the Porterville Police Department.
Officers responded to the intersection of Highway 190 and Blue Heron for a reported injury traffic collision, Sunday at about 2:12 a.m., officials said.
Officers determined there were two collision scenes, involving three vehicles with severe injuries to the occupants, officials said.
Esteban Vasquez was reported to have been traveling westbound on Highway 190 and turned left onto Blue Heron in front of an approaching eastbound vehicle, causing the first collision, officials said.
The second vehicle was driven by Fabiola Leyva, officials said.
Leyva's vehicle became disabled as a result of the collision, and was still in the eastbound lane of Highway 190, officials said.
A third vehicle, driven by Emmanuel Salas, rear-ended Leyva's disabled vehicle, officials said.
At the time of the second collision, Vasquez was out of his vehicle and in the roadway, tending to Leyva, who was still seated in the driver's seat. Vasquez was impacted by Leyva's vehicle as a result of the second collision, officials said.
Vasquez was airlifted to a Fresno area hospital for his injuries. Leyva and Salas were transported to Sierra View District Hospital via ambulance. Both were treated and released for minor to moderate injuries, officials said.
Esteban Vasquez was also expected to be released with moderate injuries, officials said.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the first of these two collisions, officials said.