An early morning accident along Highway 120 near Von Glahn just west of Escalon resulted in the death of an Oakdale man, succumbing to his injuries.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the victim was westbound on Highway 120 east of Von Glahn near the intersection with Van Allen Road about 7:10 a.m. Monday morning, traveling in a 2015 Kia. For an unknown reason, the Kia driver allowed his car to travel in a southerly direction into the eastbound lane of traffic. A 2009 International semi-truck pulling two trailers was eastbound on the highway and attempted an evasive maneuver when the Kia crossed into the eastbound lane but was unable to void a collision.
The front of the Kia collided with the front of the International and as a result of major injuries sustained in the crash, authorities said 57-year-old Robert Macfarlane of Oakdale was pronounced dead.
The investigation is ongoing and authorities said traffic was rerouted around the area for several hours while officials processed the scene and the vehicles and victim were removed. The driver of the semi, a 56-year-old man from Stockton, was not injured.
Conditions were reported as foggy in the area but not enough to have a significant impact on travel. Escalon Community Ambulance and Escalon Fire Department responded to the accident along with the CHP and Escalon Police assisted at the scene with traffic control. There was a power pole involved as well and PG&E crews were dispatched, with a power outage reported in the area. The roadway was shut down for about five hours.