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Highway Shut Down for Police Activity

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MODESTO – Highway 99 was closed down in both directions near downtown Modesto Thursday night as authorities worked to reason with a distraught person on an overcrossing.

The incident began at about 9:30pm near the 6th and I street intersection. Both lanes of the highway were closed down while officers tried to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the situation.

Surrounding roadways were impacted as well. Traffic was diverted from Kansas Avenue in the southbound lanes, and from Tuolumne Boulevard on the northbound side.

Anyone needing help through difficult times should call 1-800-273-8255 24 hours a day.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Investigated Near Oakdale

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OAKDALE – A crash on Highway 120 closed the roadway and claimed the life of a motorcyclist Wednesday night.

The crash was reported on Highway 120 just north of Valley Home Road at about 9:52pm. Early reports indicate a motorcycle, Toyota Prius and a big rig were all involved in the crash. The Prius appeared overturned next to the motorcycle. The rider was ejected from the bike.

The roadway was completely closed to traffic while officers with California Highway Patrol investigated and took measurements. The circumstances surrounding the crash were not available at time of publication.

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Police Seek Driver in Crash Involving Pedestrian

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MODESTO – Traffic investigators with the Modesto Police Department responded to a collision involving a pedestrian Sunday night.

The crash happened shortly after 9:00pm on McHenry Avenue between Robin Hood Drive and Sylvan Avenue. Officials at the scene said a pedestrian with a bicycle was struck on McHenry Avenue. The involved vehicle left before officers arrived.

The pedestrian was rushed by ambulance to a hospital with serious injuries. Traffic officers responded to take over the investigation. Officers had not established Sunday night if the pedestrian was walking the bicycle or riding it.

Early reports indicated a possible involved vehicle may have been a white Chevy pickup truck that was last seen traveling south on McHenry Avenue. Authorities are asking for the driver to come forward.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department at (209) 527-9500 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Train Collides with Trailer Near Turlock

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TURLOCK – A collision involving a freight train and a truck trailer closed down a busy roadway Wednesday afternoon.

The crash was dispatched at about 3:40pm at the intersection of South Golden State Boulevard near Daubenberger Road. The trailer involved in the crash was destroyed, spilling contents onto the roadway.

Railroad traffic was stopped while emergency crews worked at the scene. The truck appeared to be carrying food product or fruit juice.

The circumstances regarding the crash were still under investigation however no injuries were reported.

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