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Big Rig Collides into Building

Carlos Rodriguez

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MODESTO – A big rig collided into a building and the dining area of a taco truck Saturday evening.

The crash was reported at about 6:48pm on South Riverside Drive near Yosemite Boulevard. The truck was hauling two trailers, collided into an electrical utility pole shearing it off at the base. The truck then crashed into the dining area of a food truck before colliding into a wooden commercial building behind it.

Several ambulances and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene. At least two people were transported by ambulances from the scene. Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to investigate.

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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Collision Involving Pedestrian Closes Carpenter Road

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MODESTO – A collision involving pedestrian closed down Carpenter Road Friday night.

The crash happened shortly before 10:45pm just south of the intersection of Carpenter Road and Maze Boulevard.

Early reports indicated a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the southbound lanes of Carpenter Road. Authorities closed Carpenter between Maze Boulevard and California Avenue.

No official update on the condition of the pedestrian was available at time of publication. Medics performed CPR on the victim according to Highway Patrol logs. A yellow blanket and debris could be seen in the road in front of the nearby High School.

The scene was turned over to the California Highway Patrol for investigation.

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Pedestrian Killed in Yosemite Boulevard Collision

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MODESTO – Police responded to a collision that claimed the life of a pedestrian Thursday night.

The crash happened shortly after 8:00pm near the intersection of Yosemite Boulevard and Beard Avenue. Emergency crews arrived and found an adult male down in the road way after being struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Police closed off both directions of Yosemite Boulevard between Lincoln Avenue and Riverside Drive. Traffic investigators responded to the area to take measurements and document the scene. The driver of the involved Honda SUV remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities. Impaired driving did not appear to be a factor in the collision, according to Sergeant Starr with the Modesto Police Department.

The sergeant explained that they believe the pedestrian was crossing the road, however the area has no designated crosswalk because of a continuous median.

Authorities strongly urge drivers and pedestrians to be mindful of each other on roadways. Being safe would help police reduce the amount of collisions like these, the sergeant said.

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Police Investigate Collision Involving Pedestrian

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MODESTO – Traffic officials with the Modesto Police Department investigated a collision involving a pedestrian Wednesday night.

The collision happened at about 8:00pm near the intersection of Carver Road and Standiford Avenue. The westbound lanes were closed down by police during the investigation.

Arriving officers located a pedestrian suffering from major injuries, who was then rushed to a hospital. The pedestrian was said to be an adult male.

Officials at the scene said a witness reported the involved vehicle had the green light at the time of the collision. It was unclear if the pedestrian was in the crosswalk or not. The driver of the silver Nissan sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Police said impaired driving did not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Police noted a significant issue with collisions involving pedestrians. Officials urge the public to be mindful of pedestrian laws, especially in heavily traveled intersections.

“We have more of these than we should,” said Sergeant Patrick Kimes. “People need to use better judgment when crossing the roads.”

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