Back-to-back vehicle accidents on Saturday evening, July 6 saw one involving a fatality and the other resulting in a brief power outage.
The first crash occurred just after 7 p.m. along Sexton Road, about a quarter mile south of Lone Tree Road.
Escalon Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Pelot said fire and emergency services crews responded to the scene and discovered that an SUV, headed northbound on Sexton, had veered off the roadway just south of the Lone Tree intersection and jumped over a small creek, striking the embankment on the other side. When the car struck the bank, the driver – whose name was not available from authorities by press time – was ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.
The driver, a female, was the only one in the vehicle, said officials.
While crews were on that scene, another call came in – this crash involving two vehicles at Harrold Avenue and River Road.
“It was a van and a sedan,” Pelot said, as firefighters were also dispatched there.
The crash occurred in the intersection.
“One of the vehicles hit the other, that vehicle lost control and took a power pole down,” Pelot explained.
Power lines were down and there was a brief power outage in that area as well, but Pelot said the two-vehicle crash was a non-injury accident. The accident occurred about 7:40 p.m. Saturday.