Two people were injured in a three- vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon on Highway 132 east of Modesto after a California Highway Patrol officer pulled over two speeding cars and one of the drivers tried to flee.
The incident began about 12:15 p.m. on the highway just west of Paradise Road.
CHP officer M.L. Wright spotted two speeding cars heading west about 75 mph: a Pontiac Grand Am and a Chrysler 300M. The officer said she pulled over both cars.
She said the Chrysler stopped on the north side of the road and the Pontiac in front of the Chrysler. The officer pulled over in front of the two cars. Wright said as she got out of her car, the Pontiac started to make a U-turn to head east on the highway in an apparent attempt to flee.
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She said a pickup heading west on the highway hit the Pontiac's left side, and the force of the impact pushed both vehicles to the south side of the road. A Toyota Celica heading east on the highway swerved to avoid the Pontiac and pickup and ran through a fence, Wright said.
The Pontiac caught fire and was engulfed in flames. Wright said the driver's feet were caught in the floorboard, and Wright said she pulled the driver out of the burning car.
During the commotion, the driver of the Chrysler fled, Wright said.
The driver of the Pontiac was taken by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. The pickup's driver was taken to a hospital. The extent of their injuries was not known, Wright said.
The driver of the Toyota was not injured.
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