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Major Injury Crash Reported, Utility Poles Damaged

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SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY – A crash Sunday morning sent one person to the hospital with major injuries and caused damage to several utility poles.

The collision was reported shortly before 8:00am near the intersection of Highway 26 near Baldwin Lane east of Stockton. According to the California Highway Patrol, two vehicles described as a gray Toyota Sedan and a dark Chevy pickup truck were involved in the crash, as well as several utility poles.

Reports indicate the pickup truck caught fire, but the passengers were able to exit safely. The occupant of the sedan was reportedly ejected. The damaged poles and collapsed power lines presented a challenge to rescue personnel to reach the injured motorists.

At least one person was transported to a hospital with major injuries. Authorities expected the roadway to be closed for at least eight hours while crews repaired the damaged poles and collapsed power lines.

Closures on Highway 26 were expected to be placed at Beyer and Alpine.

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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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.

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