An 86-year-old Corning man died in a four vehicle crash on Interstate 5 Friday evening.
According to CHP, Bruno Poropat was driving a Chevrolet SUV southbound on the freeway in the right lane just south of the Finnell Avenue exit when he apparently lost control of the vehicle due to tread coming off one of his tires. His vehicle veered into the middle divide and then into the northbound lanes where it hit a Toyota minivan carrying three children and two adults. The SUV was then struck on the driver’s side by a southbound 2009 Peterbuilt semi-truck driven by Leslie Pritchett, 48, of Sacramento. After being struck by the Peterbilt, Poropat’s vehicle spun back into the center divide where it was struck by a Dodge Ram pickup.
Poropat sustained fatal injuries in the accident. The impact caused the Toyota minivan to go down the east side embankment of the freeway. Its occupants sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported to the hospital for treatment. Neither the driver of the Peterbilt nor the driver of the Dodge were injured in the crash.