Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Madera County Deputy Injured in Collision, Fiery Crash

Law enforcers’ often put their lives at risk while they are doing their job duties. In fact, a Madera County deputy was recently hurt while responding to an emergency call when he got involved in collision that ended in a fiery crash.

Reports said Deputy Homar Puga, 25, from Madera, was involved in an accident that occurred along Road 222, near Bass Lake.

Puga’s Ford Cruiser was moving behind a Chevrolet Cobalt that was being driven by Cameron Ron Taylor, 22, from Oakhurst. Taylor was turning left onto Dorstan Drive when the two vehicles suddenly collided.

Authorities said the deputy’s patrol car swerved in a northwest direction before it crashed into a tree and exploded. The explosion reportedly ignited a grass fire, which was fortunately put out by responding firefighters.

According to reports, a number of people helped the deputy. He suffered from major injuries as a result of the crash.

The Chevrolet driver was able to escape from injuries while his passenger Melisa Skallerud, 27, from Oakhurst, sustained minor injuries.

Authorities are still investigating the accident.