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Cottage Avenue at Lathrop Road accident
Three people were injured, one seriously, in a grinding T-intersection crash Monday afternoon at Cottage Avenue and Lathrop Road, north of Manteca. - photo by GLENN KAHL

It was a serious Monday afternoon crash where neither driver apparently saw the other before the collision as there were no skid marks.

A 72-year-old Manteca woman, who lives on Northland Road in rural north Manteca, was taken to San Joaquin County General Hospital in French Camp. CHP officers said they could not release the names of the drivers due to the seriousness of some injuries, but a report from a friend of the family Monday evening indicated injuries were not life threatening.

Northland Road neighbors were shocked to hear their friend and a respected member of their community had been injured in the collision that occurred about 3:45 p.m.

She had been driving her 2003 Lincoln Town Car and was northbound on Cottage Avenue where she had apparently stopped at the stop sign before proceeding to turn westbound onto Lathrop Road and struck by the pickup truck.

The eastbound 1988 Chevy pickup truck had a male driver and a woman passenger who reportedly received moderate injuries. Both vehicles came to rest on the north shoulder of the roadway.

Neighbors living in a farmhouse near the crash scene said they heard the collision and rushed to the aid of the injured as the town car caught fire briefly and was quickly extinguished before it spread. The victims were placed on the side of the road outside their vehicles.

The Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department and the Manteca City Fire Department units responded to the scene along with two Manteca Ambulance units. The occupants of the pickup truck were taken to Doctors Hospital of Manteca.