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Thursday, 15 December 2016 15:08

Yosemite Park Roads to Close Following Storm Warning

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YOSEMITE - Roads leading into Yosemite Valley are expected to close Thursday at 5:00pm due to a winter storm and flash flood warning.

The National Weather Service issued the warning through Friday December 15th, with some areas expected to receive as much as six inches of rain.  Officials predict heavy snow in the Sierra Mountains, with as much as six feet at the crest. The Merced River water level is expected to rise over 14 feet, several feet above flood level at the Pohono River Gauge.

Road closures take effect in and out of the park starting at 5:00pm and will last overnight. Officials urge travelers who are leaving the park to exit today by 4:00pm at the latest. 

The following roads are scheduled to be closed:

- Highway 140 at the El Portal park line.

- Wawona Road from Wawona to Yosemite Valley will be closed at Chinquapin.

- Northside Drive exiting Yosemite Valley will be closed at Yosemite Valley Lodge for outgoing traffic.

- Big Oak Flat Road at Highway 120 will be closed at Foresta Junction.

Roads are expected to be re-evaluated for opening on Friday.

Park officials urge travelers to be cautious of other hazards while leaving the park including mud and debris flows, falling rocks and tree collapse. Fire zones may see increased dangers of debris flows during heavy rain.

Travelers can call (209) 372-0200 24 hours for road and weather information.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 15:05

UPDATE: Patterson Man Killed in Modesto Crash

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MODESTO - Police have identified a Patterson man who lost his life in a traffic collision Tuesday night.

Shortly before 8:00pm Tuesday, emergency crews responded to the area of 9th Street and Coldwell Avenue for a report of an overturned vehicle. A man was found unresponsive in the car. First responders attempted life saving measures, but the man died at the scene.

The driver was identified as 59 year old Bill Verhaegen of Patterson. The investigation into the crash continues, but it appears he suffered a medical emergency at the time of the crash.

Anyone with information that may be helpful in the investigation is encouraged to contact Officer Phillips at (209) 342-9153.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 23:09

Traffic Collision Causes Large Power Outage

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STOCKTON - A traffic collision knocked out power to a large portion of north Stockton Tuesday night. 

The crash was reported at about 10:10pm near the intersection of West Lane and East Eight Mile Road. Early indications suggest a vehicle collided into a utility pole, disrupting power to several thousand customers.

According to the California Highway Patrol, traffic lights in the affected area were completely blacked out. Temporary stop signs were requested by authorities.

Shortly before 11:00pm, the coroner was requested to the scene. Further details regarding the collision were not available at time of publication.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:23

Fatal Crash in Central Modesto Investigated

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MODESTO - Police investigated a crash that claimed the life of one person Tuesday night.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash reported at the intersection of North 9th Street and Coldwell Avenue for a report of an overturned vehicle. Police and medical personnel arrived but the driver, identified only as a man, had died at the scene.

Coldwell Avenue was closed as well as the southbound lane of 9th Street. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 18:30

Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Modesto

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MODESTO - Police closed down a road as a man was rushed to the hospital after he was struck by a car Tuesday.

The crash happened at about 5:39pm near the intersection of Sutter and Faustina Avenues. Multiple agencies responded to the scene.

The road was closed for investigation. Further updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:44

Overturned Vehicle Reported on I-5

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WESTLEY - Emergency crews responded to the report of an overturned vehicle Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was reported at about 3:34pm in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 just north of the Westley rest area. Early indications suggest the involved vehicle, described as a gray Honda Civic, overturned and came to rest in the center median.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the Honda was the only involved vehicle in the crash. The driver was reported to be still in the vehicle at time of publication.

Crews from West Stanislaus and Patterson Fire responded as well as an air ambulance. Extent of injuries were assessed as moderate.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:43

Turlock Railroad Crossing Closed for Work

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TURLOCK - Authorities would like to remind motorists that a busy railroad crossing is remaining closed most of the week for repair work.

The Monte Vista/Railroad Crossing area is closed until Thursday December 15th for repair work. Detours and alternate routes are advised. Heavy traffic congestion is anticipated.

Motorists are encouraged to use Fulkerth and Taylor onramps to Highway 99, and West Tuolumne between North Golden State and Countryside Drive for access to the Monte Vista Crossings shopping area.