Highway 99 accidents send six to hospital

Two accidents that led to the partial closure of Highway 99 in Modesto late Sunday night sent six people to the hospital, but none apparently with life-threatening injuries, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The first accident, reported at 10:18 p.m., occurred when the driver of a sport utility vehicle, fearing a possible collision with another car, panicked and swerved onto the shoulder, resulting in a rollover.

The driver, an 18-year-old woman from Turlock, along with four passengers ranging in ages from 16 to 18, suffered minor lacerations. Some complained of various other aches and pains.

Three of the passengers were from Turlock, and the other was from Modesto.

The other accident occurred 15 minutes later in the same area.

A 28-year-old Turlock woman was driving in the far right lane when she veered to the left for an unknown reason and hit the center divide. The car bounced back across the freeway and came to rest on the onramp at Kansas Avenue.

The woman suffered a fractured wrist, complained of back pain and was taken to a hospital.