A purple PT Cruiser heading to a graduation ceremony at Walnut Grove School failed to halt at a stop sign at about 4 p.m. while heading west on Walnut Avenue, clipping the back of a big rig headed south on Sycamore Avenue, according to police at the scene.
The big rig owned by Modesto-based Classic Party Rentals then hit a divot on the right side of the road and overturned, sliding about 25 feet to the south and landing perpendicular to Sycamore, cutting off all through traffic. The front of the truck crashed into a small palm tree on the eastern edge of the road.
Abel Campos, a 28-year-old Classic Party Rentals employee inside the big rig, was transported via helicopter to Memorial Medical Center with head injuries, according to fellow employees.
The big rig’s driver, 45-year-old Felix Rumbo of Modesto, and passenger David Campos, 26, also of Modesto, did not appear to suffer any injuries.
Witnesses at the scene said a family of four was inside the car, including the graduating eighth-grader, who suffered a cut to his ear, and a 2-year-old boy, who was not injured. The graduate’s mother, who was driving the car, was transported via ground ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with relatively minor injuries.
Similar to the PT Cruiser, the big rig was in town for graduation duties, having dropped off chairs and tables at Patterson High School and at another nearby home prior to the crash, said Gillesandre Arvizo, dispatch manager for Classic Party Rentals.
Police at the scene did not expect the intersection to be cleared until at least 6 p.m.
The Irrigator hopes to have a more detailed report later this week.