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Three Killed in Fiery Crash With CHP Vehicle

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WALNUT GROVE – Three people were killed in a fiery crash when their SUV collided with a CHP patrol vehicle Tuesday morning.

The crash happened at about 2:30am on Interstate 5 near Walnut Grove. A CHP patrol vehicle occupied by two officers was providing assistance to a disabled tractor trailer on the southbound shoulder. Authorities said for unknown reasons, a 2021 Subaru SUV left the roadway and struck the patrol car, sending it down into the dirt. The Subaru then crashed into a tree where it caught fire.

The three occupants of the Subaru were killed in the crash. The two CHP officers were taken to a hospital with major injuries.

A CHP team responded to investigate the crash. Late Tuesday morning one lane was still closed for investigation. It was unknown if alcohol or drug impairment played a role in the collision.

Authorities would like to remind motorists to safely make a lane change for stopped emergency vehicles.

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Update: Driver Arrested in Fatal Turlock Crash

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TURLOCK – The driver of a SUV that crashed Thursday night was arrested and charged in the death of his wife, authorities said Friday.

The crash happened at about 10:37pm on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 just south of the Monte Vista Avenue onramp. The California Highway Patrol said 35 year old Luis Rodriguez of Merced was driving a 2016 Ford Explorer when he lost control and traveled off the highway. The Explorer overturned into the right hand shoulder, ejecting the passenger. The passenger, a 31 year old woman identified as Rodriguez’s wife, was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. She died from her injuries at the scene.

Rodriguez was also not wearing his seatbelt and was trapped inside the vehicle. Firefighters used rescue tools to remove him from the vehicle. He was taken to Memorial Medical Center with major injuries including a compound fracture to the femur and arm.

The couple had their four children in the vehicle, aged six months, one, two, and three years old. All were properly restrained in the vehicle. Two children were taken to Memorial Medical Center and two were taken to Doctors Medical Center. American Medical Response personnel transported them all by ambulance as a precaution, however none were injured. In total, three ambulances and a medical helicopter responded. The helicopter was later canceled.

Turlock Fire Department responded with three engines, Squad 32 and a Chief Officer.

Officials said alcohol was presumed to be a factor in the crash, and Rodriguez was arrested.

Officers examine a Ford Explorer that crashed along Highway 99 near Turlock Thursday night.

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Fatal Crash Reported in Turlock

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TURLOCK – At least one person lost their life in a roll over collision on Highway 99 Thursday night.

The crash was dispatched by the California Highway Patrol at about 10:38pm on the southbound lanes of Highway 99 just south of the Monte Vista Avenue onramp. A silver Ford Explorer SUV landed on its roof on the right shoulder next to Pedretti Park.

Early reports indicate at least one occupant of the explorer died after being ejected from the vehicle. That person was just inside the fence line near the park. Another was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be removed using rescue tools according to the Turlock Fire Department.

Stanislaus County Coroner officials responded to the scene shortly before 12:30am.

Several other occupants of the SUV were rushed to hospitals with unspecified injuries. There were a total of six people in the SUV. The cause of the crash was under investigation.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash Investigated Near Oakdale

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OAKDALE – A crash on Highway 120 closed the roadway and claimed the life of a motorcyclist Wednesday night.

The crash was reported on Highway 120 just north of Valley Home Road at about 9:52pm. Early reports indicate a motorcycle, Toyota Prius and a big rig were all involved in the crash. The Prius appeared overturned next to the motorcycle. The rider was ejected from the bike.

The roadway was completely closed to traffic while officers with California Highway Patrol investigated and took measurements. The circumstances surrounding the crash were not available at time of publication.

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