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2 Calexico men injured in crash involving semi

December 19, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Two people suffered major injuries when the pickup they were in collided with a tractor-trailer rig south of here Tuesday.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating whether alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

The injured — Sergio M. Osuna Flores, 43, and Fernando Rojas, 35, both of Calexico — were trapped in their pickup when it became lodged beneath the semi.

Once freed by the Imperial County Fire Department, they were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center and later flown to the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

The collision occurred about 2 p.m. at the intersection of Heber and Barbara Worth roads.

According to the Highway Patrol, the tractor-trailer rig was stopped in the north lane of Barbara Worth where it intersects with Heber.

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The driver of the rig, Santos Gutierrez, 50, of El Centro, saw the vehicle, driven by Flores, approach the intersection traveling east on Heber.

Gutierrez, the Highway Patrol stated, thought it was safe to cross the intersection, but when he drove forward he crossed into the pickup's path.

Flores was unable to avoid the collision, and his pickup became wedged beneath the trailer.

Gutierrez was uninjured in the collision.

Information on Flores' and Rojas' condition was unavailable this morning.

According to the Highway Patrol, beer containers were found in the pickup. Flores' blood-alcohol level at the time of the collision was not known this morning, the Highway Patrol reported.

The crash remained under investigation.

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