"Scenic and Bodem, every time it rains. I knew I'd be out here. I knew it," a Modesto Police Department employee said at the scene of a two-vehicle collision on westbound Scenic heading toward downtown on Thursday morning.
No information was immediately available on the crash, which occurred about 6:40 a.m. Two SUVs were involved, and at least two patients were taken by ambulance to hospitals.
Eastbound traffic on Scenic was blocked, and westbound traffic into downtown backed up and was directed past the crash scene by police.
Perhaps 50 yards west of the crash, another vehicle was loaded onto a tow truck, but police officers said that crash was unrelated to the two-SUV collision. The stone wall along Scenic at Acacia Memorial Park had been struck again, but it was unclear if that happened Thursday morning.
Rain-slick road surfaces likely played a role in a number of crashes throughout the area Thursday morning, including a two-car injury collision on Briggsmore Avenue at Lakewood Avenue about 7:25 a.m. Reports on the scanner were that the crash was minor-injury.
Other collision scenes Thursday morning included Oakdale Road at Claratina in Modesto, Interstate 5 and Stuhr Road, Newman, Hatch road off ramp at Highway 99, Modesto, and Golden State and Berkeley, Turlock.
Thursday could remain rainy and cloudy through late morning, but the sky then is expected to clear, the National Weather Service says.
Friday is expected to be partly sunny, then the weekend should be sunny. Monday should be mostly cloudy, with a chance of rain.