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Jeep Cherokee versus Gilton Garbage Truck in Morning Accident on Highway 120



December 13, 2016


Escalon, California – California Highway Patrol, Escalon Fire, and Escalon Community Ambulance Services responded to a two-vehicle accident this morning.

The accident was reported about 8:49 a.m. The California Highway Patrol, Escalon Fire, and Escalon Community Ambulance responded to a report of an unknown injury accident involving a grey Jeep Cherokee and a Gilton garbage truck. The accident occurred on Highway 120, just west of Sexton Road. California Highway Patrol is the primary investigating agency in this collision.


Upon arriving on the scene, emergency personnel found the grey Jeep was still in the westbound lane of Highway 120. There was also debris and car parts scattered on the roadway causing traffic delays in both directions. The garbage truck was still setting on the east side of the highway with the mechanical lift arm extended and holding a black plastic garbage can.



The Jeep had major damage to the front and passenger side of the vehicle, while the Gilton garbage truck received moderate damage to the rear tire and to the rear driver side fender. Both drivers were treated on scene for minor injuries by emergency medical technicians. No one was transported by ambulance.  It appeared no other vehicles had been involved in the accident.




Witnesses reported that both vehicles were traveling westbound on Highway 120 when the accident occurred.  It was unclear what caused the driver of the Jeep to drift to the right and hit the garbage truck.  According to witnesses, the impact of the collision sent the jeep spinning completely around before coming to rest in the original direction of travel.  It was fortunate that the Jeep remained upright and stayed in it’s own lane avoiding the traffic traveling in the opposite direction.



Tow services were not available for immediate response, so the Escalon Fire Department used one of their fire trucks to pull the Jeep off the roadway. Traffic was reduced to one lane and there were some traffic delays in both directions of Highway 120 while the roadway was being cleared.


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