Merced County canal claims another victim

A 66-year-old Fresno woman was killed last week after losing control of her car on the bank of the Delta-Mendota Canal near Gustine, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The death is the second fatal auto collision to happen at the Delta-Mendota Canal in less than a week.

The woman's name has not yet been released by the Merced County Coroner's Office.

According to the CHP, the victim was driving a 2001 Saturn along the east bank of the canal, south of MaCabe Road on Thursday. For unknown reasons, she lost control of her car after trying to make a right turn.

Her car traveled off the bank and overturned several times, coming to a rest on a fence.

The CHP said the woman was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. Officers believe she would have survived the crash if she was wearing a seat belt.

Last week, a 42-year-old Los Banos man died after his truck went into the Delta-Mendota Canal.