4 badly hurt in Highway 98 accident

October 01, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Four people suffered major injuries when the van they were in turned into the path of a tractor-trailer rig on Highway 98 here.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a van driven by a 17-year-old whose identity was not released was heading from El Centro to Mexicali on Dogwood Road.

The van slowed at a stop sign at Highway 98.

The tractor-trailer rig driven by Juan Urbieta, 43, of Cudahy was heading west on the highway approaching Dogwood.

According to a Highway Patrol press release, the van driver saw the rig approaching but thought he had enough time to make a left turn.

He didn't. The van pulled into the patch of the truck and the two vehicles collided.

All occupants of the van, all from Mexicali, suffered major injuries. The adults in the van were identified as Felipe De Jesus Montes, 47, Felipe Montes, 77, and Eva Montes, 77. There was no information available on the relationship between the four people in the van.


All were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center. The three adults were taken to a San Diego-area hospital for further treatment. Information on the hospital they were taken to was not available.

Their specific conditions also were unavailable.

El Centro Regional officials did not have information on the 17-year-old.

Urbieta reportedly was uninjured in the accident.

Everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol press release.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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