On December 10, 2015 at approximately 5:12 pm, a traffic collision involving three vehicles occurred on Escalon Bellota Road near Mahon Road. The accident involved two pick-up trucks and one suv-type vehicle.
The accident occurred when one of the trucks drifted from its lane into the path of the second truck traveling in the opposite direction causing a head on collision between the two pick-up trucks. The white suv could not avoid colliding with the overturned pick-up truck which had spun around and was directly in its path.
The driver of the red pick-up truck had to be removed from the vehicle by the jaws of life. One person was transported by ambulance to San Joaquin General Hospital; four other patients were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Modesto; and two additional patients were transported to Doctors Hospital in Modesto. Injuries ranged from minor to major with some of the victims being children. An air ambulance (Helicopter) was called to transport one of the victims, but was cancelled due to fog.
The roadway was closed due to excessive fluids. The CHP would not reopen it until more absorbents were obtained. The road was reopened at 7:23pm.
Nothing further at this time.