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Collisions injure one on highway

POSTED April 5, 2011 10:59 p.m.

A chain-reaction of crashes on Highway 99 in Turlock injured one and slowed traffic down for a short time Tuesday afternoon.

The first accident was reported at 12:50 p.m. on southbound Highway 99, just north of Linwood Avenue. Lani Raybor-Mancha, 22, of Merced was driving her 1998 Ford Explorer in the middle lane at the posted speed limit. For an unknown reason, she lost control of her vehicle and it veered into the median, where it overturned, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Eric Parsons.

Raybor-Mancha walked away from the wreck unscathed.

“This is another example of how seat belts save lives,” Parsons said. “These rollovers can be much worse if the parties are not restrained.”

As a result of the rollover, traffic slowed down in the southbound lanes. A 1996 Toyota Camry driven by Johnny Salazar Hernandez, 20, of Keyes was slowing down, when it was hit from behind by a 2000 Freightliner with a trailer attached, driven by Paublo Garcia, 35 of Bakersfield.

A passenger in the Toyota Camry, 40-year-old Irene Hernandez of Keyes was taken by ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center, for minor injuries, Parsons said.

No other injuries were reported.

The collisions remain under investigation.

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