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Downtown crash injures 3
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Two drivers and at least one passenger injured in a noontime crash in the 100 block of South Main Street Friday were transported to area hospitals by two Manteca Ambulances.

The drivers appeared to have serious injuries and were placed on backboards after the collision in front of the AutoZone auto parts store where the one driver had just had a new battery installed in her late mother’s car.  She had told two women in the store’s waiting room that her mother had recently passed away and had left the Ford Taurus to her since she didn’t have a vehicle.

Those women said they watched their new friend drive out of the parking lot, across the sidewalk and ease into traffic that had stopped for a waiting train on the Union Pacific tracks.  They reported seeing her move ever so slowly in a gap the stopped motorists had left open as a driveway access to the AutoZone store.

“Red lights mean stop,” one woman said.  “Red means stop, stop, stop!”

They said the southbound Chevy Impala was passing the stopped traffic in the left turn lane when it collided with the woman’s car, causing moderate damage to both vehicles.  It was the second ambulance that transported her after back and neck supports were put in place.  The first ambulance had already left the scene with lights and siren.

Southbound traffic was limited to one lane at the accident scene for about 40 minutes.