Crash kills 4; big rig driver held

A Modesto man was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run after a collision that killed four men and injured a woman Monday near Five Points.

The California Highway Patrol said a two-trailer big rig driven by Hector Escalante, 35, was eastbound on Oakland Avenue about 5 a.m. when it failed to stop at a posted sign on Lassen Avenue.

Escalante drove into the path of a 1990 Honda, killing the car's four male occupants, the CHP said. A 23-year-old woman in the Honda was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where she was treated for minor injuries.

Escalante was arrested later Monday in Modesto.

All of the Honda's occupants were from Chowchilla. The names of the men have not been made public.