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SHANDON: Fatal Car Crash Accident on Highway 46

Brian Kelly injured Highway 46 crash Shandon
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SHANDON, San Luis Obispo County (April 4, 2017) – One was killed and four were injured in a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 46 Friday, March 31, according to Paso Robles Daily News.

The accident involving five vehicles took place around 2:15 p.m., near the Shandon rest stop.

As per the article, California Highway Patrol said 60-year-old Charles Celaya, of Cheyenne Wyoming, was driving a 2014 Peterbuilt semi-truck east on Highway 46 near Flower Road when for an unknown reason he drifted off onto the right shoulder of the highway.

The left front tire of the big rig popped after it clipped the side of a Dodge Dakota driven by 49-year-old Alfaro Mendoza, of Salinas.

Celaya lost control, drove into the oncoming lane and hit a 2014 GMC Sierra head-on. The driver of the GMC, a 69-year-old man, died following the crash.

CHP affirmed that the truck continued to spun, swerved in both directions and overturned on its right side west of the Shandon Rest Area. Meanwhile, the Dodge went out of control into the eastbound lane where it collided with a Ford F-150 and a Honda Odyssey.

The Cheyenne Wyoming man operating the Peterbuilt, Mendoza and the drivers of the Ford and Honda sustained minor injuries in the wreck. The other two motorists were identified as 53-year-old Bodfish resident Jeffrey Wayne Fisher and 61-year-old Buellton resident Brian Gerard Kelly, respectively.

The incident remains under investigation.


The staff members of Johnson Attorneys Group thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family and friends during such difficult times.


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