Mo­torists sus­tain mi­nor in­juries in multi-car crash

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - By GLENN KAHL

By all es­ti­ma­tions of first re­spon­ders, the three mo­torists in­volved in a hor­rific crash in the 800 block of Lathrop Road at the Tide­wa­ter Bike Path Wed­nes­day evening about 7:15 would nor­mally have re­sulted in ma­jor in­juries — or even death — as well as fire from the smashed fuel tanks.

Two of the ve­hi­cles had been east­bound on Lathrop Road. A 1990s sedan re­port­edly slowed for a stopped ve­hi­cle at the Tide­wa­ter cross­walk and was rear-ended by the driver of a 2016 Kia Se­dona that re­port­edly spun the Mazda sedan around, glanced off into the west­bound lanes and struck the 2014 Jeep head on — all three re­port­edly to­taled in the crash.

Am­bu­lance and fire units were dis­patched to the scene, and a se­cond am­bu­lance was also called out but the medics were not needed, of­fi­cers noted. The fire en­gines were used to block the road­way, pro­tect­ing the scene from on­com­ing traf­fic and the fire­fight­ers cleaned the road­way of de­bris.

Traf­fic backed up on Lathrop Road in both di­rec­tions and was closed for about an hour un­til tow trucks ar­rived. There were no vis­i­ble skid marks on the scene, of­fi­cers noted.

GLENN KAHL/The Bul­letin

The crushed rear of a 2000s Mazda sedan shows the rear im­pact it sus­tained that should have re­sulted in ma­jor in­jury and fire, but it did not Wed­nes­day evening on Lathrop Road at the Trail­wood Bike Path.

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