Interstate 5 fatality

A three-vehicle accident last Wednesday night, Nov. 21, on Interstate 5 north of Highway 140 claimed the life of a 66-year-old Downey man, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The CHP said the deceased, whose name was not immediately released, was driving a Peterbuilt big rig northbound when for unknown reasons he failed to stop in time to avoid striking an International  big rig which was stopped in the traffic lane in front of him. The impact pushed the International forward into the rear of a stopped Freightliner.

The Peterbuilt caught fire following the impact. The body of the driver was located in the burned vehicle after firefighters extinguished the flames, the CHP reported.

Newman fire dept.

Personnel from the Newman Volunteer Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District’s Newman station responded to 24 calls for service from Nov. 19-25.

Fire Chief Keith Bowen said calls for service included 14 medical aid responses, two fire alarms, four public assists, two working structure fires and two motor vehicle collisions.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures and rainfall amounts for the past week. Readings for the previous 24-hour period are taken at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, Nov. 19: 65/35

Tuesday, Nov. 20: 70/34

Wednesday, Nov. 21: 65/33, with .04 inches of rain

Thursday, Nov. 22: 68/50, with .45 inches of rain

Friday, Nov. 23: 60/52

Saturday, Nov. 24: 70/52, with .02 inches of rain

Sunday, Nov. 25: 70/47