One man died, one was injured and another escaped unscathed Wednesday night after a big rig collided with a pickup truck and continued down the road before crashing into a house, narrowly missing a man watching television inside.
Just before 9 p.m., the big rig was traveling south on Albers Road just north of Patterson Road, according to Eldon Sousa, an officer with the California Highway Patrol.
He said a pickup truck traveling north on Albers went across the lane for an unknown reason and collided with the big rig.
The big rig continued on and went off the west side of the road, crashed through a fence and into a home in the 6700 block of Albers.
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Joe Brichetto, who owns the home, was in the living room watching television when he heard brakes locking up.
“I got up from the couch and here comes the truck right through the side of the house … about 5 feet away from me,” he said. “I knew something was coming. It sounded like it was getting louder and louder.”
The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the big rig was taken to Modesto’s Memorial Medical Center with undisclosed injuries.
On Thursday, authorities said the identification of the driver of the pickup would not be released until his family was notified.
Sousa said it was too early in the investigation to predict the speed the vehicles were traveling or if drugs or alcohol played a role.