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Glenn County Observer

A vehicle accident involving two big rigs and a pickup resulted in no injuries for two of the drivers and only minor injuries for the third.

At about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, Walter Mendoza, 21, of Bakersfield, was driving a 2012 Freightliner south on Interstate 5, south of County Road 57, in the slow lane at about 57 miles per hour.

Hector Delgado, 34, of Sacramento, was driving a 2014 Ford Transit south on I-5, south of Road 57, in the fast lane, next to the Freightliner, when an uninvolved vehicle slowed rapidly in front of the Freightliner.

The Freightliner swerved to the left, into the fast lane of traffic, and collided into the right (passenger) side of the Ford.

Both vehicles traveled out of control into the center median, then crashed into a culvert and separated.

The Ford continued in a southeasterly direction and came to rest on its wheels on the east shoulder of northbound I-5.

The Freightliner continued in a northeasterly direction and overturned onto its passenger side, spilling a load of lumber onto the northbound side of the freeway.

Rana Mehdi, 34, of Sacramento, was driving a 2022 Volvo semi north on I-5, in the slow lane, at about 56 miles per hour, when he saw the crash between the Freightliner and Ford.

Mehdi started to slow, applying his brakes and turning the Volvo to the right to avoid colliding with the Freightliner, but the front of the Volvo collided with the roof of the Freightliner.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Shane Roach, all three drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

Delgado and Mehdi were not injured at all, and Mendoza sustained only a minor injury consisting of a small laceration to his right leg.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor and no one was arrested.