Injuries Reported in Crash on SR-140 in Merced
Officials reported injuries in a crash involving several cars on SR-140 in the Merced area on the night of Sunday, August 15, 2021. The multi-vehicle collision occurred on State Route 140 eastbound near Kibby Road.
Details on the Crash Resulting in Injuries on SR-140 in Merced
The Merced Police Department (Merced PD) received the call regarding the incident shortly after 11:30 p.m. and were dispatched to the collision site. Officers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) also responded to the scene since they were in the area assisting with road construction.
Authorities reported that at least four vehicles were stopped for road construction. A pickup truck was said to have crashed into one of the four cars that were stopped. The truck reportedly veered off the roadway and caught fire. Officials were able to extricate the driver before the truck was fully engulfed in flames.
One party was transported via air ambulance to a Modesto area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A few of the occupants in the other cars involved in the crash were said to have suffered injuries described as minor, according to CHP traffic officers. Merced PD said driving under the influence (DUI) is suspected as a factor in the rear-end collision. Additional information on the incident was not immediately available.
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