July 16, 2017.
ESCALON, CALIFORIA – REAR END TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 120, JUST WEST OF VICTORY AVENUE .
The accident was reported at approximately 9:24 a.m. on July 15, 2017 and occurred on Highway 120 just west of Victory Avenue. California Highway Patrol, Escalon Fire Department, Escalon Community Ambulance Services, and a Reach Air Ambulance responded to the accident. The accident involved a fully dressed Harley Davidson motorcycle and a dark colored Honda Pilot pulling a boat and trailer. California Highway Patrol is the primary investigating agency in this accident.
It was reported by a California Highway Patrol Officer on scene that both vehicles were traveling east on Highway 120 approaching Victory Avenue when the accident occurred. It was also reported the motorcyclist was unable to slow or stop for the slowing traffic ahead of him. It appeared to the officer that the motorcyclist had layed his motorcycle down on it’s left side before sliding into the boat trailer of the Honda Pilot in front of him.
California Highway Patrol reported unknown injuries to the motorcyclist. The motorcyclist was treated by medical emergency technicians on scene and transported to a nearby field to be airlifted by a Reach Air Ambulance to the hospital. The occupants of the Honda Pilot received no reported injuries from the impact of the motorcycle. It appeared no other vehicles had been involved in the accident. The Honda sustained minor damage to the back of the boat trailer and was able to be driven away. The motorcycle had moderate damage to the left side of the bike. Visibility, speed, and attention may have been a factor in this accident.
The accident caused moderate delays for both lanes of travel on Highway 120. The motorcycle was down in the eastbound lane before being moved to the side of the road by emergency personnel. Emergency vehicles were also blocking the eastbound lane of Highway 120. The Honda with a boat trailer was able to pull over to the side of the road and caused few traffic issues. The roadway was reduced to a controlled one lane of traffic using the westbound lane. There was also some debris from the motorcycle in the westbound lane causing issues. McDowell & Davis tow services were called out to remove the motorcycle from the crash site.