Three people were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon when a woman driving in downtown Modesto suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness at the wheel.
The woman was driving a Kia minivan south on Olive Street when she lost consciousness and ran a stop sign at Needham Street about 1:15 p.m., said Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion Chief Cecil Ridge.
The minivan went into the path of a man and woman on a motorcycle. The man driving the motorcycle tried to avoid hitting the minivan but smashed into the rear left side. The motorcycle went down and into the next lane, where a Ford sedan hit the two riders.
The right leg of the motorcycle’s female passenger was broken in several places, Ridge said.
She and the man with whom she was riding were taken to a hospital, as was the woman in the minivan.
Her car had continued across the street and crashed into a tree. Ridge said the woman was unconscious when emergency personnel arrived, and she appeared to have suffered a seizure or some other type of medical emergency.
Firefighters had to use hydraulic shears to free her from her car.
The man driving the Ford was not injured.
The names and ages of the people involved in the accident were not available Wednesday afternoon.
Needham was closed in both direction for about 45 minutes.