2 men hurt in head-on collision near Del Rio

local@modbee.comMay 8, 2013 

— Two men were taken to hospitals with major injuries, including multiple broken bones, on Wednesday after a head-on collision north of Del Rio.

Just before 5 p.m., a 22-year-old man in a 1993 Toyota Tacoma was traveling west on River Road near Sexton Road when he started to veer toward eastbound traffic, a witness told the California Highway Patrol. She estimated that the driver was traveling faster than the posted 55 mph speed limit when she swerved out of his path to avoid being hit.

The Toyota crashed head-on into the 2002 Chevrolet Silverado behind the witness.

The drivers of both pickups were trapped inside their cars for at least 15 minutes before they could be freed by emergency crews, according to the CHP.

The 71-year-old driver of the Chevrolet suffered a broken left leg and left arm and was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center. The driver of the Toyota suffered two broken legs and was taken by helicopter to a Modesto hospital.

CHP investigators do not believe alcohol contributed to the wreck. The 22-year-old told authorities he did not remember the collision.

River Road was closed between Carrolton and Sexton roads for about 90 minutes.

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