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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY - A fiery crash involving multiple vehicles claimed two lives and shut a busy highway down for hours Thursday morning.

Shortly after 7:30am, emergency crews were dispatched to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 between Eight Mile Road and Highway 12 for the report of the traffic collision. Early reports indicate at least two big rigs and several other vehicles were involved. One sedan was said to be trapped under a big rig.

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Two of the big rigs and the trapped sedan caught fire. Authorities confirmed two motorists involved in the crash were killed. By early afternoon, one lane of Interstate 5 was open for traffic. The circumstances regarding the cause of the collision were under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

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Monday, 01 April 2019 11:11

Traffic Collision Reported on Highway 120

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STANISLAUS COUNTY - Emergency crews responded to a traffic collision on Highway 120 Monday morning.

The crash was reported near Sawyer Avenue and Highway 120 at about 10:45am according to the California Highway Patrol. Early reports indicate the crash involved a gray pickup truck and a white sedan.

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One occupant of a vehicle was said to have suffered a major injury to their right arm. Several fire crews and an air ambulance responded to the scene.

Highway 120 was not blocked by the collision.

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 09:41

Truck Overturns on Highway 132

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STANISLAUS COUNTY - The driver of a truck escaped serious injury after the vehicle overturned early Wednesday morning.

The crash happened shortly before 5:30am on Highway 132 near River Road. Officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to a report of a truck overturned on the shoulder of the road.

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Early reports indicated the driver of the vehicle was able to exit the vehicle and was not injured. Cal Trans crews closed the roadway and diverted traffic onto River Road while tow trucks worked to clear the crash.

By 9:00am only one lane of Highway 132 had re-opened. There was no information available regarding the cause of the crash.

 

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 17:16

Motorcyclist Killed in Turlock Crash

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TURLOCK - Authorities investigated a fatal crash that claimed the life of a man in his 30’s.

The Turlock Police Department identified 39 year old Michael Beede as a motorcyclist who was killed in the Saturday afternoon collision. Police say Beede was traveling westbound on Fulkerth Road when he collided with the back end of a pickup truck near Highway 99 around 6:00pm.

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The driver of the pickup, identified only as a 39 year old man from Modesto, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Beede, who was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, was ejected from the motorcycle and rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Police believe speed was a factor in the crash, and are asking for anyone with information regarding the collision to contact Officer Mike Simbalenko at (209) 668-5550 extension 6723.

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 23:46

Woman Killed by Hit and Run Driver

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MODESTO - Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that fled after fatally striking a woman in a crosswalk Wednesday evening.

Family of 59 year old Irene Arellano Lopez had just celebrated her life with an early surprise birthday party Saturday. Her routine was to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry at Save Mart before walking to her north Modesto home.

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She was only a few feet away from the curb when she was struck and killed by a hit and run driver between 6:30pm and 7:30pm as she used a crosswalk on Pelandale Avenue.

Police are searching for a silver 2006-2008 model Volkswagen Jetta with front end damage, and possible rear end damage from a previous collision. Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact Modesto Police Officer Phillips at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Irene would have been 60 on December 24th.

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:49

Driver Killed in Crash Near Ceres

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CERES - Police investigated a traffic collision that claimed the life of a driver Saturday afternoon.

The crash was reported at about 5:29pm near the intersection of Ustick and Service Roads. First responders arrived and found two vehicles involved in the collision.

Ceres Police officials on scene of the collision believe the driver of a sedan was traveling south on Ustick and failed to stop at the stop sign, colliding with the second vehicle traveling westbound on Service Road. The impact projected both vehicles into the southwest corner of the intersection where they came to rest. The driver of the sedan was pinned in the vehicle and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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Investigators worked into the night to determine why the driver did not stop, and wether speed or other factors played a role in the collision. When asked if it appeared the driver may have been speeding, an official noted “sometimes it’s surprising how fast a vehicle may NOT be going that can lead to results like this.”

Service Road was closed at Crows Landing Road, and Ustick was closed at Whitmore Avenue and Grayson Road as Ceres Police Officers investigated the crash.

The deceased driver was only identified as an adult male. At least one occupant of the second vehicle was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, their injuries were unknown.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 22:19

Pedestrian Killed in Hit and Run Crash

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MODESTO - Authorities investigated a crash that claimed the life of a pedestrian Tuesday night.

At about 8:45pm, officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to Spencer Avenue south of Maze Boulevard for a report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle.

The victim, described as a middle aged man was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved. 

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Witnesses say the victim was walking home with a wheeled basket of recyclables in a southbound direction when he was struck by the vehicle. He was about two houses away from returning home.

Cans and other debris littered the roadway for several yards. A mangled red basket was laying in the roadway.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol closed Spencer Avenue for about two hours as they investigated the crash scene and took measurements.

According to witness accounts, the driver stopped his vehicle and exited. He briefly checked on the victim before re-entering the truck and fleeing.

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The driver was described as an African-American male adult appearing to be in his 40’s wearing a white shirt.

The vehicle officers are seeking is described as a white extended cab pickup truck with front end damage.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Officer Whittemore at the California Highway Patrol (209) 545-7440, or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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