One person suffered fatal injuries in a head-on collision in Stanislaus County on the evening of Tuesday, May 18. The crash also resulted in serious injuries to three other persons. It was reported to the authorities just before 7 p.m.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the wreck involved a collision between two vehicles. One of the vehicles was identified as a pickup truck. The other was an SUV. Both vehicles were traveling on the Orange Blossom Road at the time.
Preliminary investigations reveal that the pickup truck was headed southbound on the road. As the vehicle drew close to an area of the road between Oakdale and Knights Ferry, the vehicle veered across the center line. This brought the pickup into the path of the oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes. Once in the northbound lanes, the pickup collided head-on with a northbound SUV at a high rate of speed.
Three people were traveling in the pickup truck at the time of the crash. CHP has not identified any of these persons for now. Of these three pickup occupants, two suffered serious injuries in the head-on collision in Stanislaus County. They were rushed to an area hospital once the first responders and paramedics arrived on the scene of the crash.
The SUV had two occupants in it. The driver of the SUV, identified as a male, 78, from Oakdale, suffered fatal injuries. He died at the scene of the accident. His passenger, an Oakdale woman also aged 78, was seriously injured and transported to a medical facility for treatment.
CHP investigations show that alcohol is the likely cause of the crash. For Irvine accidents caused by drunk drivers, victims or the survivors of victims can seek a wide range of compensatory damages with the help of an Orange County car accident attorney.