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Four injured in Tuesday crash on Crows Landing roads
Driver pulled out in front of southbound pickup
Crows Landing crash April 9 2024
Two persons inside this 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup were injured when another driver pulled out in front of them on Crows Landing Road on Tuesday morning.

Four persons were injured, one critically, when two vehicles collided Tuesday morning on Service Road about 1,000 feet south of the intersection with Crows Landing roads in southwest Ceres.

The crash took place at approximately 11 a.m. and blocked Service Road.

One of the occupants trapped in the wreckage had to await extraction from the wreckage by firefighters while three others were sent by ambulance to local hospitals with a variety of injuries.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when Lucero Barajas-Madriz, 30, of Modesto pulled a 2007 Toyota Camry out of the United Pallet Services business on the west side of Service Road to make a northbound turn right in the path of a southbound 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup driven by Martell Sandoval-Mendoza, 41, of Turlock. Heavily damaged, the two vehicles went off in a southeast direction with the Camry spinning off the roadway while the pickup came to rest in the street.

Barajas-Madriz was pinned in the wreckage while her front-seat passenger, Jose Barajas-Mendoza, 45, of Modesto, sustained major injuries to his head. He was rushed to Doctors Medical Center. His condition was unknown.

“He took blunt force trauma to the head,” commented CHP Public Information Officer Tom Olsen.

Barajas-Madriz was eventually freed from the wreckage thanks to Modesto Firefighters who used the jaws-of-life to cut metal out of her way. She was taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center with complaints of pain and moderate injuries that included lacerations.

Martell Sandoval-Mendoza sustained minor injuries and suffered from pain. His passenger, Melissa Michelle Stewart, 47, of Turlock, was taken to Doctors Medical Center with major lacerations to the head.

The roadway was closed for some time until the crash scene was processed and cleared.