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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.


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:25

Big Rig Collision Results in Fuel Spill

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MODESTO -  A crash involving a big rig on highway 99 resulted in a fuel spill.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched to the crash near the Tuolumne Boulevard exit on Southbound Highway 99 at about 10:52pm. The report indicated a semi truck had collided with the embankment.

The collision was blocking the Tuolumne ramp, and caused the truck to spill fuel which was spilling into a drain. CalTrans responded with sandbags to prevent more fuel from entering the drain.

Officials with the Department of Environmental Resources responded to the scene to evaluate the situation. By 12:30am, crews were still working the cleanup process. Information regarding injuries was not available at time of publication


Tuesday, 13 December 2016 00:14

Traffic Collision Reported on Highway 33

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GRAYSON - A traffic collision was reported late Monday night on Highway 33 near Grayson Road.

At about 11:51pm, officers with the California Highway Patrol were dispatched for a report of a crash involving two vehicles. They were only described as a white car and a silver Ford pickup. The vehicles were reported to be blocking the roadway.

An ambulance was dispatched to the scene, and occupants from both autos were reported out of the vehicles, indicating that no one was trapped. Ladders were also on the roadway, dropped during the collision.

By 12:08am, tow trucks were dispatched to clear the vehicles. The extent of the injuries was unavailable at time of publication.


Monday, 12 December 2016 22:21

Tracy Road Shut Down for Crash Investigation

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TRACY - Authorities closed off a roadway near Interstate 580 Monday evening to investigate a traffic collision.

The collision happened near the Corral Hollow Road offramp. Police closed off the area all the way to Linne Road to investigate. An official at the scene described the crash as "head on."

Authorities suggested motorists use alternate routes to get around the crash. The roadway was expected to open again at about 11:00pm.

Further details will be updated as they become available.


Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:38

Man Arrested in Crash That Claimed Three Lives

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STOCKTON - Authorities arrested a man accused in the deaths of three people following a hit and run collision in Stockton Thursday evening.


The crash happened near the Highway 99 Frontage Road south of Hammer Lane and Moreland Street at about 7:40pm. A witness located an unresponsive bicyclist down in the roadway and called 911. As Highway Patrol officers and other emergency personnel arrived, the bicyclist who was identified as 27 year old John Eric Stevens of Stockton, died from his injuries. The involved vehicle had fled the scene before authorities arrived.


As officers searched the area, they located a 1997 Honda Accord with major front end damage a short distance away. The driver had fled the vehicle, but officers found two passengers deceased inside. Authorities say the vehicle had been reported stolen from Stockton on Wednesday.


Investigators determined that the Honda was traveling south on Frontage Road at a high rate of speed when it struck the bicyclist and continued without stopping. The impact killed both passengers. They were identified as 23 year old Raymond Lawrence Schenone, and 23 year old Michelle Joanne Vargas, both of Stockton.


The Highway Patrol says because of the relationship it has built with the community, they were able to receive information leading to the arrest of 23 year old Matthew Barnec of Stockton, who is suspected of being the driver in this fatal crash.


Barnec was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on felony hit and run charges. Other charges are anticipated pending the investigation.

MODESTO - A Saturday afternoon traffic collision closed down Scenic Drive for several hours, leaving several people injured.

The collision happened at about 2:00pm on Scenic Drive just east of Bodem Street, involving a white Nissan Xterra and a gray Dodge pickup truck. Early indications suggested the Nissan was traveling eastbound when it came into the path of the pickup, resulting in a t-bone type crash.

The Nissan was occupied by a woman and two children ages of under one, and the other about ten years old. Modesto and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire crews responded to the scene with equipment to extricate the occupants from the vehicles. One child was airlifted to a hospital for care. The crash was classified as "major injury."

Police officers closed off Scenic from Bodem to Coffee Road to investigate the crash and clean up the wreckage and fluid spills.