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Five people injured after accident at Highway 152 and Interstate 5

Five people were injured Monday morning in a three- vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 5, south of Highway 152, the CHP said.

Reported at 9:35 a.m., the crash happened after a driver lost control of his vehicle and blocked the fast lane, causing a collision with two approaching vehicles.

Officer Jesse Lopez, CHP spokesman, said 39-year-old Tony Gonsalves Jr. of Manteca was driving a 1996 Toyota Tacoma in the fast lane, when for unknown reasons he allowed the vehicle to leave the road. Gonsalves overcorrected and lost control of the Tacoma, which came to a stop facing south in the northbound lane and partially blocking it.

Roger Simmons Jr., 75, of Sacramento was driving a 2006 Ford F-250 and saw the Tacoma, Lopez said, and swerved one lane to the right to avoid hitting the vehicle.

Troy Allen Thompson, 44, of West Sacramento, was traveling in a 2002 Toyota Sequoia behind the Ford F-250 and didn't see the Tacoma blocking the lane in time to veer out of the way, Lopez said.

The Sequoia crashed into the Tacoma, continued forward and hit the F-250, then overturned.

Thompson and a 37-year-old female passenger were flown to a hospital with major injuries, Lopez said. Two additional passengers in the Sequoia, a 9-year-old girl and a 65-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries.

Gonsalves, the driver of the Tacoma, sustained minor injuries.

Lopez said it's unknown whether DUI was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. Lopez said excessive speed doesn't appear to have been a factor in the crash.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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