Traffic on Highway 152 backed up for hours Monday as a vehicle collided with an overturned big rig during the morning commute, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A 2005 freightliner pulling a utility trailer was traveling westbound east of the Romero Visitor Center at 3:03 a.m. when the driver ran off the road onto the north shoulder and overturned, blocking all lanes, said Officer Dean Emehiser, spokesman for the CHP Los Banos office.
Traffic was partially blocked on Highway 152 for more than nine hours as a result of the accident, Emehiser said.
The driver of the Freightliner, Daniel Rosales, 44, of Baldwin Park, suffered minor injuries. He was tended to by three motorists, Nick Flygenring, Rueben Huerta-Orozco and Abdikani Jelle, following the crash. Mulford Bowles, 69, of Sherman Oaks, drove a 2007 Dodge Ram westbound, encountering slow traffic from the accident. Mulford attempted to merge, spotted the big rig and slammed the brakes, but still hit the freightliner, CHP officials said. Flyginring, 38, of Northridge, suffered minor injuries; Huerta-Orozco, 44, of Los Banos, suffered moderate injuries; and Jelle, 25, of San Diego, had major injuries from the crash. Mulford was unharmed.
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Emehiser said Flyginring refused treatment, Huerta-Orozco was taken to Memorial Hospital, Los Banos and Jelle was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.
CHP officials said alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be involved in this incident.