Two people were injured in a four-vehicle, chain-reaction crash in Hilmar that involved two big rigs, report news sources.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 2:45 p.m. a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer was stopped on southbound Highway 165 at Johnson Avenue because of slow traffic stemming from an incident in the northbound lanes.
A Mazda Tribute stopped behind the semi, and a Dodge Ram pickup stopped behind the Mazda. The an approaching big rig traveling at about 45 mph, driven by a trucker who failed to see the stopped vehicles, struck the Dodge, which hit the Mazda, shoving it into the Freightliner.
The driver of the Mazda, a Modesto woman, suffered major injuries and was airlifted to a Modesto hospital. The Dodge driver, a Hilmar woman, suffered minor injuries. Neither big rig driver was hurt.
The southbound lane was shut down for about an hour following the accident. The incident remains under investigation; as yet, no citations have been issued.
As a Fresno car accident attorney, I have come in contact with many people who have been injured in traffic accidents, and am very familiar with the challenges that many face when recuperating. I wish the two women a rapid recovery from their injuries.
Because of my experience as a car accident lawyer, I am moved to remind motorist to stay alert to changing traffic conditions.