Three injured in highway 99 crash

Three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when their car veered off the road to avoid a vehicle collision and crashed into a tree along Highway 99 in Modesto, the California Highway Patrol reported.

An 18-year-old woman driving a white Acura and a 21-year-old man in one of the passenger seats suffered major injuries. They were taken by ambulance to a hospital, said officer Eric Parsons. The injured boy was taken to a Sacramento hospital.

Information about the condition of the injured people was not available Tuesday night.

Parsons said a year-old child riding in a safety seat in the car was not injured, "which is obviously a miracle and shows just how valuable these child safety seats are."

The crash occurred about 3:10 p.m. along the highway's southbound lanes near Kansas Avenue.

Parsons said there was an unknown vehicle heading south in the right lane approaching Kansas when the vehicle made an unsafe turn, entering the middle lane and sideswiping a silver BMW. The impact pushed the BMW into the left lane and into the path of the Acura.

Parsons said the Acura driver veered to the right to avoid hitting the BMW.

The Acura went off the west side of the highway, overturned and crashed into the tree. Parsons said the BMW driver suffered minor injuries.

He said the unknown vehicle left the scene of the crash, and officers were gathering information about the vehicle and its driver.