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One dead after Hwy. 99 crash

POSTED August 10, 2012 1:23 p.m.

A Turlock woman was involved in a chain-reaction crash in Modesto Thursday that claimed the life of an Antelope man.

The name of the 52-year-old Antelope man has not been released pending family notification.

The man was killed by a piece of concrete that was knocked loose in the collision and crashed through his windshield, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The fatal collision occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday on Highway 99 between the Kansas and Woodland avenues exits.

Zhyan Wang, 25, of Turlock was driving her Toyota northbound in the number one lane on the highway at an estimated speed of 70 mph. Wang made a lane change into the middle lane and in doing so, her Toyota collided with a freight truck, driven by 36-year-old Gabriel Icmat of Alameda.

The freight truck was traveling at an estimated speed of 65 mph. The impact caused Icmat to lose control of the track and d it crashed into the concrete center divide.

The force of the impact sent a piece of concrete debris into the path of a 2011 Ford F-150 traveling northbound on the highway. The driver was killed at the scene.

A second vehicle was also hit by the concrete debris, but the driver, 54-year-old Wayne McConnell of Salida was not injured.

Icmat’s truck came to rest on its side in the center divide and the first lane of southbound Highway 99. Icmat did not report any injuries at the scene.

Wang’s Toyota came to a stop in the center divide of northbound Highway 99. She sustained minor injuries, but was not transported to a hospital, the CHP reported.

Alcohol and drugs are not considered a factor in the collision. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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