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August 18, 2014

Man hospitalized after vehicle hits big rigs, bursts into flames near Turlock

One person was injured Monday morning when the car he was driving clipped one big rig and hit another before bursting into flames east of Turlock, authorities said.

One person was injured Monday morning when the car he was driving clipped one big rig and hit another before bursting into flames east of Turlock, authorities said.

The man, who got out of the vehicle about five minutes before it caught fire, was transported to a Modesto hospital with nose, head and hand injuries.

His condition was not available Monday evening.

The California Highway Patrol received a report of the crash at East Avenue and Pepper Street at 10:29 a.m.

When officers arrived, they found a sport utility vehicle engulfed in flames. Members of the Denair Fire Department put out the fire.

According to Jeff Geigle, one of the drivers of the trucks that were hit, the man was driving west on East Avenue when his vehicle drifted about three feet into the oncoming lane of the two-lane road.

The vehicle clipped one of the trucks, then spun and slammed into Geigle’s truck.

“I was approaching 1 million miles and had never been in a wreck,” Geigle said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the CHP.

Early indications are that the driver of the SUV, whom one neighbor said is a college student, fell asleep at the wheel, the CHP said.

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