Southbound lanes of Highway 99 near the exit to Rosedale Highway were shut down for hours on Friday due to a crash that left two dead, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Roberto Rodriguez.
The crash occurred at approximately 12:26 p.m., with lanes closed late into Friday evening.
About 200 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from one of the semi trucks involved in the accident and crews were called in to clean it up.
Rodriguez said the driver of a semi truck didn't see traffic had stopped and hit the back of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, sandwiching the pickup between two semi trucks. Two people in the pickup died.
The two fatalities were from Delano and Leemore, ages 62 and 75 respectively, according to a report released by CHP. Names of the victims were not released in the report pending notification.
The driver of the semi that hit the Dodge was identified as Ram Johnson, 65, of Queens Village, NY.
The other driver was identified as William Arrington, 49, of Las Vegas.
Neither semi truck driver were injured, the report said.
Southbound traffic on Highway 99 was being diverted at Golden State Avenue, Rodriguez said.