Two women suffered major injuries Monday night when a rear-end collision sent a pickup into an oncoming vehicle on Highway 120 in Oakdale.
The three-vehicle crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. on the highway near Cleveland Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. The three drivers involved in the crash are from Oakdale.
Crystal Davis, 31, was driving a brown Chevorlet Equinox about 55 mph west on the highway, just east of Cleveland.
Bonnie Krieger, 41, was driving a white Dodge Ram pickup and heading in the same direction in front of the Chevy. The Dodge pickup had stopped, and Krieger was waiting to make a left turn onto southbound Cleveland.
CHP Officer John Martinez said Davis failed to notice the stopped pickup in front of her. The Chevy struck the pickup’s rear-end. The force of the impact sent the Dodge pickup into the oncoming lane.
Michael Brewer, 42, was driving a Ford F-450 about 55 mph east on the highway and approaching Cleveland. Martinez saw steered to the right but was unable to avoid hitting the Dodge pickup.
Davis and Krieger were pinned inside their vehicles and had to freed by emergency personnel. They were both flown by air ambulance to Modesto hospitals, Davis to Memorial Medical Center and Krieger to Doctors Medical Center, Martinez said.
Brewer had no reported injuries. Martinez said alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the crash. He said Davis was not wearing a seat belt, but her air bag was activated. The other drivers were wearing their seat belts.