GUSTINE - Two accidents occurred last week at the intersection of Highway 33 and Sullivan Road at the south edge of Gustine, police reported.
According to police, the first occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Gustine Police Lt. Samuel Joseph said the accident occurred when semi truck driver John R. Esteves, 50, of Chowchilla, attempted to turn left onto Highway 33 from eastbound Sullivan after stopping at the intersection, but pulled into the path of a southbound Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Alejandro Ortunorosales, 20, of Los Banos. Joseph said Ortunorosales attempted to avoid a collision but the Avalanche struck the side of the truck trailer.
Joseph said Ortunorosales and three passengers in the Avalanche, identified as Cindy Cruz, 20, Celene Rosales, 24, and a 2-year-old child, all of Los Banos, were transported with injuries described as moderate.
Esteves was not injured, Joseph told Mattos Newspapers.
A two-vehicle accident occurred at the same intersection Friday morning, Feb. 28, police said.
According to Joseph, the accident occurred at 7:15 a.m. when Sheri Schmier, 56, of Los Banos, who was driving a Ford F250 pickup southbound on Highway 33, attempted to turn left onto Sullivan Road but pulled into the path of a northbound Ford Escape driven by Christina Varnell, 69, of Gustine and the vehicles collided.
Each driver suffered injuries described as minor, Joseph said.