At 7:31 p.m. tonight, California Highway Patrol received a call of a head on collision on Highway 140 and Central Avenue. The reporting party stated one occupant was pinned in the vehicle. Merced County Sheriff Warnke was in the area at the time of the call and first on scene.
Riggs Air one transported one occupant to an undisclosed hospital and one occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene. Highway Patrol has the roadway closed to thru traffic so please use an alternate route. Traffic at Highway 140 and Bert Crane is being rerouted but its unknown how far west of Central on Highway 140 is closed at this time.