MANTECA — A Texas man was killed Monday afternoon and others were injured when a semi truck failed to stop for traffic and barreled into the back of a car, causing a pileup that involved four other vehicles on Highway 120 in Manteca.
The truck was traveling east at an estimated 50 mph when he struck a Dodge stopped for traffic just east of Main Street about 3:15 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol officer James Smith.
The Dodge was pushed north into the fast lane, and the truck continued into the back of a Chevrolet.
Stuck under the grill of the semi, the Chevrolet crashed into the back of a Buick, which then hit a second big rig.
Finally, the chain of cars led by the freight liner stopped when it hit a Kia, Smith said.
The driver of the Chevrolet, wedged between the semi truck and Buick, died at the scene. His name was not released, but he was a 53-year-old man from Houston.
The truck driver, 40-year-old Victor Peinado, and the driver of the second big rig, 48-year-old Hugo Benavidas, both of Modesto, were not injured.
Modestan Armando Pompa, the driver of the Dodge, suffered moderate injuries, and San Francisco resident Jacqueline Reilly, in the Kia, had minor injuries.
In the Buick, driver Ernest Seideman, 49 of San Antonio, Texas, suffered major injuries. His passengers, Brian Gary, 52, and Kristin Parlato, 35, had moderate injuries.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, but drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor, Smith said.
All eastbound lanes were closed between Union Road and Main Street until 6:30 p.m. Traffic was backed up for miles as vehicles were diverted from Highway 120 onto Union Street to use surface streets before getting back on the highway.
Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the California Highway Patrol's Stockton office at (209) 943-8666 and ask for Officer Joyner.
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