Big rig, car collide west of Ceres

Bee Staff ReportsJune 24, 2014 

Four people were injured Tuesday, one seriously, when the car in which they were riding collided with a big rig west of Ceres.

A Toyota Camry traveling south on Ustick Road violated right-of-way laws and ran into a 7UP delivery truck heading east on Service Road just before noon, said California Highway Patrol Oficer Don Davis.

“It actually traveled beneath the rear wheels of the truck’s tractor and trailer and then was struck by those same wheels, by the driver’s side wheels of the truck’s tractor and trailer,” he said.

The collision caused the big rig to flip onto its side. Major damage to the Toyota pinned the legs of the front-seat passenger, said Brian Nicholas, acting chief of the Ceres Fire Department.

It took firefighters from Ceres and the Westport Fire District about 10 minutes to free her.

The trapped passenger suffered major injuries; the driver and another passenger had moderate injuries. An 11-month-old girl who was in a car seat was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.

The big rig driver was not injured.

Its unclear if the male driver of the Toyota ran the stop sign or stopped but then failed to yield to the truck, which did not have a stop sign.

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