JAMESTOWN -- Three people who died in a head-on crash near Jamestown Saturday afternoon were from Manteca and Roseville, the California Highway Patrol said today.
Identification of the victims has not been released, pending notification of their families.
According to the CHP, the accident occurred at 3:12 p.m. on Highway 120 just west of Highway 108. A 59-year-old man from Manteca was driving a 2000 Toyota east on 120 when for an unknown reason he allowed the car to drift into the oncoming lane, into the path of a 1999 Acura, driven by a 51-year-old man from Roseville.
Neither driver could avoid the other and the cars collided head-on, the CHP said.
The Toyota driver and a passenger in the Acura, a 65-year-old woman from Manteca, were declared dead at the scene. The Acura driver was pinned inside; firefighters extricated him from the car, but he also was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in the Acura, a 57-year-old woman from Roseville, was taken by helicopter to Doctors Medical Center with major injuries.
The road was closed for about 30 minutes while the patients were removed from the car and treated. Authorities closed one lane for about an hour as workers cleared debris.
The accident capped a deadly week on Modesto area roadways that saw nine people die in incidents investigated by the CHP.
On Monday, four people died in separate accidents in Los Banos and Ceres.
Early Monday morning, a man traveling north on Highway 165 near Wolfsen Road at 3:53 a.m. died when his 1999 Chevrolet Suburban drifted toward the west side of the road and hit a fence.
About three hours later, three people died when the Cadillac they were driving in was rammed from behind by a big rig on southbound Highway 99 in Ceres.
Late Tuesday night, a Modesto man died in a single-vehicle collision in west Modesto after he lost control of his vehicle on Woodland Avenue and crashed into a concrete wall.
Early Thursday, a woman walking on Dakota Avenue near Blue Gum Avenue was struck by a vehicle and died.