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CalTrans Cleanup Begins on Highway 99

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MODESTO – Several areas along Highway 99 covered in abandoned homeless encampments and overgrown brush were cleared Tuesday.

The efforts were focused on the areas between Carpenter Road and Tuolumne Boulevard.

The approval to begin the clean up process was given Tuesday and is expected to last throughout the week. Several camps and piles of litter could be found under overcrossings and on embankments.

Authorities said the cleanup was expected to last through Friday, and motorists should expect delays in the area while crews work.

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  1. Toni

    October 1, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Thank goodness!!! I am THRILLED to read this article! It’s so embarrassing that the city lets so much trash accumulate in so many areas. Thank you CalTrans for your efforts!! I really appreciate it!!

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Bicyclist Killed, Police Investigate

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MODESTO – Police investigated a fatal collision involving a bicyclist Saturday night.

The crash happened shortly before 9:30pm near the intersection of Orangeburg and Lakewood Avenues. Early reports indicate a bicyclist was struck by a vehicle.

Arriving officers located the victim down in the roadway and began performing life-saving measures. Despite efforts, medical personnel pronounced the bicyclist deceased at the scene.

Early reports indicate the involved vehicle fled the collision scene. There was no confirmed description of that vehicle or driver at time of publication.

Police closed off Lakewood just north of Orangeburg in both directions while conducting an investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Fatal Collision Investigated

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MODESTO – Officers with the California Highway Patrol investigated a crash that claimed the life of one person Wednesday night.

The crash happened at about 7:40pm near the intersection of Paradise Road and Vernon Avenue. Arriving first responders located a dirt bike rider with major injuries. The rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash. The dirt bike was described as a Honda 125.

During the investigation, CHP issued a “Be on the Lookout” for a dark unknown type passenger vehicle with substantial damage to the right side.

Paramedics with American Medical Response and firefighters with Burbank-Paradise Fire Protection District responded to the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 545-7440.

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Fatal Crash Reported West of Modesto

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – At least one person lost their life in a vehicle collision on Highway 132 Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters and officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the area of Highway 132 and Gates Road at about 6:11pm. A big rig and a Honda Civic were both involved in the collision and came to rest on the northeast corner of the intersection.

One person was trapped in one of the vehicles and had to be removed by rescue personnel. At about 6:45pm the coroner was requested to the scene.

The truck was hauling soda. Eastbound lanes were unaffected by traffic, one westbound lane appeared closed for emergency equipment. Gates Road was closed while the collision was under investigation.

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