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Motorcyclist Thrown Off Bridge in Highway Crash

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SALIDA – A crash involving a motorcycle ejected the rider, throwing him over the bridge at the county line on Highway 99 Monday night.

At about 9:44pm emergency crews were dispatched to the bridge over the Stanislaus River on southbound Highway 99. California Highway Patrol Officers, deputies with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from several agencies responded to the scene.

According to a motorist who witnessed the crash, she and her husband were traveling south when they saw the rider approaching their pickup at high speeds.

“He had to be doing about 120,” she said. “He must have realized he was going to hit us and just laid his bike down. He saved us.”

The motorcyclist was ejected and thrown over the west side of the bridge. The two occupants of the pickup pulled over just north of the Hammett Avenue exit and called 911.

Fearing the motorcyclist may have landed in the river, resources were starting to begin a search. The Modesto Police Department responded with a drone and after about 15 minutes of searching, the rider was located on the north bank of the river.

Medical personnel rushed to the rider’s location and began performing CPR. Despite life saving efforts, the rider later died from his injuries.

Two lanes of Highway 99 were closed while officers investigated the collision, backing traffic up into Ripon.

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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Semi Crash Closes Interstate Five

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WEST STANISLAUS COUNTY – A collision involving at least one semi truck closed lanes of Interstate Five Thursday evening.

California Highway Patrol Officers responded to the crash at about 7:15pm on Northbound I-5 near the Stuhr Road exit. Early reports indicate a semi and an Amazon truck collided, resulting in a fire.

An air ambulance was dispatched to the scene for a report of a burn victim.

A hard traffic closure was anticipated Thursday evening.

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Police Close Roadway for Major Collision

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MODESTO – Police responded to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian Wednesday night that closed down a road for investigation.

The crash happened shortly before 10:00pm near the intersection of B and Beard Streets. Early reports indicate a vehicle collided with a wheelchair bound person.

Life saving measures were performed on the pedestrian but after several minutes they were pronounced deceased at the scene.

The involved vehicle appeared to be a dark Dodge pickup with visible front end damage.

Police closed down B Street between Beard and Seventh Streets. Traffic officers were called to investigate.

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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Modesto Police Investigate Motorcycle Crash

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MODESTO – Police investigated a motorcycle crash that shut down traffic on Sisk Road Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Sisk Road and Whitcomb Way at about 4:45pm for a report of a collision with an injured motorcyclist. Arriving officers found the rider down in the roadway.

Medical personnel began CPR on the motorcyclist who was then rushed to a hospital by ambulance.

The driver of the other involved vehicle, which appeared to be a Dodge Ram pickup truck, remained at the scene. The motorcycle appeared to be a Ducati. Both vehicles were white.

Traffic officers responded to the scene to investigate the crash. The condition of the rider was unknown Tuesday afternoon.

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

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