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Wrong Way Driver Causes Traffic Collision on Highway 99

Gaby Muro

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MERCED COUNTY – A wrong way driver caused a vehicle collision on Highway 99 Monday afternoon.

Shortly before 4:00pm, authorities received a report from a motorist that a vehicle had entered the wrong way on Highway 99 from the Winton Parkway offramp. A witness had pulled over to call authorities to report the driver.

Within a few minutes, authorities were updated that the vehicle had collided into a big rig near the Liberty Avenue exit.

Details were scarce at time of publication, however early indications suggest authorities closed down the highway and took one person into custody. Several vehicles were involved in the collision, and one person was treated by an ambulance crew.

The crash was reported to result in minor to no injuries, and traffic was cleared to continue by about 4:30pm.

Gaby Muro is a journalist specializing in local issues and breaking news. She holds two degrees from San Joaquin Delta College. In 2018, she was considered one of the top 40 journalism students in the United States and received a scholarship to cover international conflict news near the Israeli-Syrian Border for 10 Days. Some of her work as a student has been submitted to the Student Emmy Awards. She was crowned the 2019 Miss Merced County title holder through the Miss America Organization and competed for the title of Miss California, advocating for epilepsy awareness. She has been featured on Investigation Discovery, profiling local homicide cases. Gaby is a native of Stockton, California.

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Pedestrian Killed in Collision Near Lathrop

Carlos Rodriguez

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – Authorities with the California Highway Patrol investigated a crash that claimed the life of a man Friday night.

The collision happened at about 9:43pm on eastbound Interstate 120 about a quarter mile east of Interstate 5. The California Highway Patrol reports a man ran across the lanes of traffic toward the median and was struck by a vehicle.

The pedestrian landed in the slow lane of traffic and died from his injuries.

No further details were available Friday night.

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Motorist Escapes Fiery Crash Near Ceres

Gaby Muro

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CERES – A motorist escaped a fiery crash with only minor injuries late Monday morning.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the crash at about 11:22am. The collision happened on southbound Highway 99 just north of the Whitmore Avenue overcrossing.

The light colored sedan ran off the roadway and collided into a fence before catching fire. Emergency crews from Ceres and Modesto responded. The occupant was able to escape the fire with only minor injuries.

Traffic on the highway was slightly slowed while crews worked the crash scene. The vehicle was completely burned through.

By 12:30pm a tow truck had arrived to remove the vehicle.

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Authorities Warn Motorists of Farm Equipment Traffic

Gaby Muro

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Photo: Merced CHP

MERCED COUNTY – The Merced California Highway Patrol responded to a crash involving a midsize car and farm tractor Thursday.

CHP Merced says the crash happened on State Route 59, however no one was badly injured.

According to CHP Merced, these type of crashes happen often due to the area being big on agriculture.

Authorities say agricultural vehicles may use the same road in rural areas and that many of these vehicles usually drive slower. They also may abruptly move from or across the roadway into agricultural land. 

It is advised to always drive at a safe speed, wear seat belts and avoid distractions to prevent crashes.

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