An Escalon man driving on West F Street in Oakdale lost consciousness and drove his pickup truck into three parked cars just west of the Yosemite Avenue intersection on Tuesday, Jan. 5 just before 4 p.m., causing commute traffic to be snarled at the busy location.
After the collision into the third vehicle caused the pickup truck to stop, the unconscious driver’s foot was still on the accelerator, prompting the rear tires to spin and create a plume of smoke.
According to the Oakdale Police Department, officers in the area saw the smoke and responded to the scene. Upon arrival, the vehicle was still accelerating, filling the area of the roadway with burning rubber smoke.
Witnesses in the area had tried to open the truck’s door to access the driver but it was locked. Officer Matt Gardette arrived at the scene and had to break the truck’s window to enter the cab and turn off the vehicle. Police stated tire tread had been thrown from the vehicle and the tires were burned to the rim from the spinning.
The driver of the pickup truck, identified as Brian Anthony, 58, of Escalon, regained consciousness but was disoriented as medical crews treated him.
Anthony did not have any injuries from the collision, but was transported by ambulance to Oak Valley Hospital to help determine the cause of his losing consciousness.
Police said the incident is still under investigation.