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Rash Of Accidents Hit Community
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From a tomato truck spill to back-to-back crashes, Escalon Police were kept busy with a series of auto accidents over the last week.

An early morning accident on Friday, Aug. 8 saw a southbound tomato truck run into the center island divider at Escalon Avenue and Libby about 3:40 a.m.

The truck driver was not injured but the full load of tomatoes was spilled onto the highway when the truck dumped its load. It took about three hours to clean up the debris and wash down the roadway, while a tow truck also had to be called in to haul away the tomato truck. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A minor injury collision was reported on Sunday, Aug. 10 at about 3:20 p.m. when two cars collided near Highway 120 and Sacramento Street. A driver westbound on 120 reported looking down for a moment in stop and go traffic, when the driver looked up, the car in front had stopped and the second driver rear-ended the first. Two passengers involved complained of pain from the seatbelt but there were no serious injuries.

A second accident occurred a half-hour later, along Highway 120 at Stanislaus Street and again was a rear-end collision in heavy through-town end of summer traffic. No injuries were reported in the 3:50 p.m. crash Sunday.

Early Monday morning, Aug. 11, police received a report of a vehicle vs. semi accident near the intersection of McHenry and Highway 120. The call, at 7:30 a.m., came from a driver reporting that he was stopped behind the big rig at the railroad tracks as a train approached and the semi-truck backed up, striking the second vehicle. There were no injuries and only minor damage reported.

In other cases during the week, officers picked up Nicole Schaffner, 31, of Escalon from the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on Friday, Aug. 8 about 3:25 p.m. and took her to the San Joaquin County Jail. Schaffer was wanted on a no bail felony possession of stolen property warrant out of Escalon and was booked on the warrant.

Officers also made a misdemeanor warrant arrest on Saturday, Aug. 9 at about 9:30 p.m., when they made contact with a man seen pushing a motorcycle in the area of Stanislaus and Miller. They discovered the 42-year-old Escalon man had a $2,500 bail misdemeanor traffic warrant out of Oakdale; he was cited out on that warrant and also on a charge of possession of paraphernalia.