Several people were hurt Tuesday, including a police officer who responded to the scene, in connection with a three-car crash in Los Banos, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Antonio Munoz III, 20, of Los Banos was driving a 2017 Honda southbound on Highway 165 near Pioneer Road shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to CHP.
He turned left across the highway, sideswiping a 2011 Nissan driven by 37-year-old Josephine Meza of Los Banos, CHP said. Meza lost control of her car and traveled off the roadway into a concrete irrigation ditch.
The Honda then continued south and collided head-on with a 2014 Ford driven by Imelda de Buenrostro, 38, of Los Banos, CHP said. Both cars came to rest on the roadside.
As a precaution, Meza and her two passengers, 29-year-old Maria Rodriguez and one-month-old girl, were taken to Memorial Hospital Los Banos, CHP said.
Munoz suffered “major” injuries and was flown to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, CHP said. De Buenrostro was taken to Doctors Medical Center with injuries described as “moderate.” Updates on their conditions were not available Tuesday.
Los Banos Police Officer Surina Gonzales used a hammer to smash out a window in an attempt to get to Munoz, according to Los Banos Cmdr. Jason Hedden.
Gonzales, who has been the department more than 10 years, cut her hand while trying to pry open the door, Hedden said. Firefighters arrived and took over the rescue.
She’s expected to be on “restricted duty” until at least Friday while her hand heals, police said.