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Authorities Identify the Teen Killed After Car Plunges Into Clovis Canal



Three people in a car that veered into a canal near Clovis were able to escape after plunging into the water. One deceased victim was found inside the vehicle. (Fresno County Sheriff's Office)
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A teenager died and three others escaped Wednesday after their car veered off a rainy road into a Clovis canal, authorities said.

The Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office identified the fatal crash victim as Cameron Patterson, 18, of Fresno on Thursday morning.

The male teens, ages 17 to 19, were in a car that was speeding on a wet road shortly before 6:30 p.m. when the driver tried to make a turn and instead plunged into the swift-moving waters of the canal, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The accident occurred on Madsen Avenue and Herndon, east of Academy Avenue, according to the CHP.

Three teenagers managed to escape and get out of the canal but one was trapped inside as the flooding car was washed several hundred yards downstream, authorities said.

The three teens were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries.

The fourth teenager was found dead in the car after it was pulled from the canal, KFSN-TV reported, citing the CHP.

(GV Wire contributed to this article.)

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