Two persons were killed Friday night in a three-vehicle crash at Crows Landing and Barnhart roads southwest of Ceres.
The 7:30 p.m. crash involved a pickup truck, an SUV and a Lexus sedan. No information was available as to the cause.
One of the vehicles caught fire which spread to hay bales. Authorities shut down Crows Landing Road traffic between Keyes and Taylor roads. A resident living nearby made an attempt to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher before emergency personnel arrived.
One occupant was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital for treatment of injuries. A second helicopter had been called but was cancelled because the patient had expired.
One of the dead was identified as Eduardo Quezada, 25, of Modesto. He was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center.
The identity of the deceased man who was driving the vehicle that burst into flames has not been released, said the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.
The crash is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.