December 12, 2016.
Escalon, California – California Highway Patrol, Escalon Fire and Escalon Community Ambulance Services responded to a two-vehicle collision early this morning.
The accident was reported about 6:42 this morning, California Highway Patrol, Escalon Fire and Escalon Community Ambulance responded to a report of an unknown injury accident involving a white Dodge Ram pickup and a white sedan.
The accident occurred on Highway 120, just west of Van Allen Road. A local school bus driver was one of the first to report a possible head on traffic collision to 9-1-1. California Highway Patrol is the primary investigating agency in this collision.
Upon arriving on the scene, emergency personnel found the white sedan was still in the eastbound lane of Highway 120. The vehicle and the debris in the roadway was causing traffic delays in both directions on Highway 120.
The sedan had major damage to the front of the vehicle, while the Dodge Ram appeared to have moderate damage to the rear bumper of the truck. The driver of the Dodge Ram was able to pull his vehicle off and on to the south side of the roadway.
Both drivers were out of their vehicles and moving about the accident scene. There were no serious injuries reported by either driver and no one was transported by ambulance from the crash site. It appeared no other vehicles had been involved in the accident.
Witnesses reported that both vehicles were traveling eastbound on Highway 120, when the accident occurred. They also said that the driver of the Dodge Ram was slowing down or had came to a full stop for a vehicle in front of him. The witnesses went on to say, that the vehicle in front of the truck was turning left into a business driveway when the Dodge was struck from behind by the white sedan.
The California Highway Patrol officer used his vehicle to push the white sedan out of the road to clear traffic. The white sedan had no steering or braking systems after the original collision. As a result when the officer pushed the sedan, with fire personnel behind the wheel, the fireman was unable to steer or use the brakes to stop the vehicle. The secondary impact of the vehicles really didn’t seem to cause much more damage than had already existed.
Traffic was reduced to one lane and there were some traffic delays in both directions of Highway 120 while the roadway was being cleared. Light fog and damp roadways may have been a factor in this accident.