Car runs off Modesto's Briggsmore Avenue into irrigation ditch

An automobile ran off East Briggsmore Avenue this afternoon and landed nose down in an irrigation ditch in the median of the busy street. Rescue crews pulled the driver, an older man, conscious and moaning from the vehicle about 3:30 p.m. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police said the man was changing lanes when, inexplicably, his car ran off the road and into the Modesto Irrigation District ditch, which is part of the irrigation system associated with the canal that runs along Briggsmore.