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Jackknifed Truck Congests Highway in Modesto

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MODESTO – A big rig the jackknifed and lost its cargo closed Highway 99 Tuesday afternoon.

The crash happened at about 1:50pm on Southbound Highway 99 at the Crows Landing Road exit. The crash caused the truck to lose its cargo, a load of glass, blocking all lanes of the highway.

It was unclear at time of publication if there were any injuries, but at least one ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and trucks are urged to not use the Seventh Street Bridge.

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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Truck Rolls Off Highway 99 in Modesto

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MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a truck that rolled off of Highway 99 down an embankment Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 6:00pm police and fire emergency responders were dispatched to the area of Southbound Highway 99 near North 9th Street just south of the Carpenter Road overcrossing. Police and CHP Officers located a truck and trailer that had rolled off the highway. The truck came to stop behind a construction company building against an iron fence.

Police and fire responders worked to remove the driver who was said to be unresponsive. He was placed in an ambulance to be transported to a hospital. Rescuers were performing aid as they left.

The circumstances regarding the crash were under investigation Tuesday.

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Fatal Pedestrian Collision Investigated

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – A pedestrian was pronounced deceased after being discovered on the side of a road, the victim of an apparent vehicle collision Thursday morning.

The incident was reported shortly before 7:00am near the intersection of West Main Street and South Morgan Road. Fire personnel were initially dispatched for a report of a person down on the side of the road suffering an unspecified medical emergency. Authorities were soon requested after it was determined the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. An air ambulance was initially requested but later canceled.

According to the California Highway Patrol, early indications suggest the crash was a hit and run. There was no description available of an involved vehicle. The pedestrian was only described as a woman.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the California Highway Patrol at (209) 545-7440 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Update – Police Officer Was Struck by DUI Driver

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MODESTO – The driver involved in a collision with a Police Officer Monday evening was driving under the influence, authorities said.

The crash was reported at about 7:42pm near the intersection of Sisk Road and Whitcomb Way. The officer was traveling north on Sisk Road when the driver of a Nissan Versa traveling west on Whitcomb Way failed to stop at a stop sign. The Versa collided with the patrol car, blocking both directions of Sisk Road.

The police officer suffered a minor complaint of pain. The driver of the Versa was taken to a hospital for injuries that were considered non life threatening. He was expected to remain hospitalized for a few days but will be arrested upon release, according to Sharon Bear, a police spokeswoman.

Sisk Road was closed in both directions while officers investigated the crash. There were no other injuries reported.

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