Two Crashes in Linden Bring Safety of Highway 26 into Question

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Two accidents along Highway 26 Monday in Linden brought the safety of the town's main road into question.

About 8:15 a.m. Monday, a propane truck overturned on Highway 26 near Murray Road.

Within six minutes, a CHP motorcycle officer, and 7-year-veteran of the force, was responding to the scene.

While en route, about two miles from the overturned tanker, the officer collided with a Ford pickup truck and was ejected from his bike.

The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the CHP.

"He was transported to UC Davis Medical Center," Smith said.

Don Dero of Linden says accidents along Highway 26 happen frequently.

"I know exactly what happened to that [propane] truck, the driver tipped over and fell into the ditch," Dero said.

Dero said he thinks the lanes along Highway 26 are too narrow.

Highway 26 is 62 miles long and stretches from Stockton to Pioneer.

A Caltrans spokesperson from District 10 said their teams responded to the scene as quickly as possible to clear the roadways.

However, the spokesperson said she could not answer any further questions about Highway 26 until Tuesday.