The accident happened on Auberry Road around 3.30pm.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says motorcyclists were traveling south on the Auberry as they crossed into the opposite lane in an attempt to pass other vehicles.
That was when one of the motorcyclists collided head-on with an oncoming Subaru SUV.
The driver of the Subaru swerved to the left to try to avoid hitting the other motorcyclist and hit a black pickup.
The CHP says the other motorcyclist ‘was diverted’ and ended up hitting the black pickup as well.
Both motorcyclists – a 54-year-old Clovis man and a 25-year-old Clovis man – died from their injuries from the accidents.
The driver of the SUV sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The driver of the truck was not injured.
An ABC30 crew on site saw parts of a smashed and crumpled motorcycle scattered across both lanes.
The front of the SUV appeared to be very damaged where it had hit the first motorcycle.
The other motorcycle was on the other lane where the collision had thrown it out.
Units from the CHP, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and a U.S. ambulance had responded to the scene.
The CHP says that both motorcyclists were wearing helmets and that it was technically legal for them to pass the vehicles because there was a dotted line on their side, but it was a dangerous part of the roadway to pass.
Based on their initial investigation, officers say the drivers of the pickup truck as well as the SUV were in their appropriate lanes.
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