Several people injured in accident near Los Banos

Three cars involved in wreck

cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 29, 2010 

Five people were injured in a three-car crash Monday morning on northbound Interstate 5, south of Highway 152, the California Highway Patrol said.

The incident occurred at 9:35 a.m.

CHP officer Jesse Lopez said the first vehicle,a 1996 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling in the fast lane of the highway when the car went off the road and the driver lost control while trying to re-enter traffic. Lopez said the Tacoma came to a stop, facing the wrong direction.

Lopez said a second vehicle, a 2006 Ford F-250, swerved and was able to avoid hitting the vehicle blocking the lane. However, a third car, a 2002 Toyota Sequoia, was traveling behind the F-250 and was unable to avoid hitting the Tacoma as the truck in front of it had done. After hitting the Tacoma, the Sequoia collided with the F-250 and overturned.

Injuries were suffered by five people in two of the three cars involved in the crash.

Troy Allen, 44, of Sacramento, who was driving the Sequoia and his unidentified 37-year-old passenger suffered major head traumas. The other three victims reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Lopez said he does not know which hospital each specific person was taken to, but UC Davis Medical Center and Memorial hospitals Modesto and Los Banos all treated victims from the accident.

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