A drunken-driving accident on Interstate 5 sent five people to the hospital early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
At 1:44 a.m., Salvador Carrillo, 29, of Phoenix, was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima northbound on I-5 in the fast lane north of Highway 165. According to CHP officials, Isabel Hernandez, 56, of San Bernandino, was traveling next to Carrillo in the same direction in a 2000 Dodge Caravan.
A CHP news release states that Carillo had a level of alcohol intoxication that caused him to turn his vehicle to the right and strike the Dodge Caravan. Both vehicles traveled down an embankment, went through a barbed wire fence and overturned before coming to a stop in a field. The Nissan landed on its driver's side.
Carillo had two passengers, Edgar Rodiguez, 32, and George Carrillo, 18, both of Phoenix, who were airlifted to Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto. Salvador Carillo was transported to Memorial Hospital, Los Banos. He is suffering from major injuries. Rodriguez and George Carillo were treated and released.
Hernandez also had two passengers, Elma Soliz, 32, of Redlands, and Jackoline Martinez, 20, of San Bernadino. Hernandez was airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto where she remains hospitalized with with major injuries.
Soliz was also airlifted to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto and has been treated and released. Martinez declined medical attention.