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.
Crash Claims Two Lives in Modesto
MODESTO – Briggsmore Avenue was closed for several hours while Modesto Police Officers investigated a crash that claimed two lives early Sunday morning.
The crash happened shortly after 1:00am on Briggsmore Avenue east of Oakdale Road. Early reports indicated a vehicle had overturned and landed upside down.
Arriving emergency personnel located the vehicle and two persons that had been ejected from the crash. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Investigators were called to the scene to determine the cause and circumstances of the crash.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is encouraged to contact the Modesto Police Department.
Bicyclist Killed, Police Investigate
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.
Fatal Collision Investigated
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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