Minor injuries in Ceres big rig crash

A Turlock man escaped serious injury early Monday morning after the big rig he was driving hit a car, then veered off Highway 99 and down the embankment at the Mitchell Road offramp in Ceres.

An Atwater woman who was driving the car was not injured. She happened to be a nursing student and tended to the truck driver's cuts.

According to California Highway Patrol officer Damian Blue, Parvinder Sandhu was driving the truck northbound on Highway 99 about 6 a.m.

Traveling in the far right lane just south of Mitchell Road at about 55 mph, Sandhu saw traffic backing up. He moved left to change lanes when the back of his trailer clipped a Honda Civic driven by Sandeep Kandola, Blue said.

With slippery conditions because of rain, the big rig slid to the right. It went through the guardrail and down the embankment.

Sandhu walked away after the cab stopped on its side. Kandola maintained control of her car and brought it to a stop. "She did well," Blue said.

Kandola treated Sandhu in the back of her car for minor cuts and abrasions. He was taken to Kaiser Modesto Medical Center for observation.

The far right lane and the Mitchell Road offramp were shut down through the morning while California Department of Transportation workers fixed the guardrail.

Blue said there would be no citations issued in the accident.

Sandhu, an independent driver, was transporting bagged salad.