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Manteca Police car, SUV collide at Moffat, Main; 2 sustain injuries

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POSTED February 27, 2012 12:16 a.m.

A 29-year-old man reportedly is hospitalized with serious injuries after the sports utility vehicle he was in collided with a marked Manteca Police unit.

There were three others in the SUV in the 9:37 p.m. Saturday crash at Moffat Boulevard and South Main Street. A 48-year-old woman passenger was also hospitalized with shoulder injuries. The officer was not hurt in the crash that left debris scattered across the intersection where the roadway was closed for hours for the investigation of the collision.

The CHP was quoted by another news agency saying that a 29-year-old male passenger was transported to an area hospital with serious head injuries

The police vehicle had lights and sirens activated when the crash with the white SUV occurred.

A witness to the crash reportedly said the Manteca officer was traveling northbound on South Main Street as he was responding to a call for help from a fellow officer. The SUV with four occupants was being driven west on Moffatt Boulevard at the time of the crash.

The accident investigation is being conducted by the California Highway Patrol, according to a brief press release from Manteca Police.

Manteca Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jodie Estarziau said more information would be available possibly Monday or later in the week as to the specifics of the collision.

It has been about 30 years since a Manteca Police unit in an active chase collided with a vehicle at Center Street and North Union Road killing the driver. After that fatal collision, Manteca became the first San Joaquin Valley city to install remote controls in police, ambulance, and fire vehicles that allow public safety personnel, making emergency responses to change lights to give them the green while switching other approaches to the signalized intersection to red.

Moffat and Main is signalized and has remote control devices. It is not known whether the signal had been remotely activated as department protocol calls for in such situations. That should be part of the CHP’s investigation.

Last year, a Manteca District Ambulance responding to an emergency call was T-boned a block to the north at Yosemite Avenue and Main Street by a car that ran a red light on Yosemite Avenue. Witnesses in that case said the ambulance clearly had the green.


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