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CalTrans Cleanup Begins on Highway 99

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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.

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  1. Toni

    October 1, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Thank goodness!!! I am THRILLED to read this article! It’s so embarrassing that the city lets so much trash accumulate in so many areas. Thank you CalTrans for your efforts!! I really appreciate it!!

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Child Airlifted by Helicopter Following Vehicle Collision

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MODESTO – A child was flown by helicopter to a hospital as a precaution following a three car collision Sunday night.

At 9:42pm emergency crews responded to the intersection of College and Orangeburg Avenues for the report of a three vehicle collision. One of the involved vehicles was a Stanislaus County Sheriff patrol car, the others were a white four door sedan and a dark Ford SUV.

The white sedan had damage on the passenger side of the vehicle and came to rest on the lawn of a church at the intersection. The patrol car had significant damage to both the front and back of the vehicle and was near the intersection curb. The Ford SUV was facing east on Orangeburg Avenue and had front end damage also.

The deputy appeared to have a head injury. He was seen holding a towel to his head. The sedan had a child in the vehicle and reportedly also had a head injury.

An air ambulance was called to transport the child as a precaution to a pediatric hospital. PHI Med 4-1 responded and landed in a field at Roosevelt School to fly the child.

According to Lieutenant Chris Adams with the Modesto Police Department, everyone involved suffered moderate injuries.

The circumstances regarding the collision were not available Sunday night.

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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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