CHP: 3-vehicle crash on Highway 120 leaves one person dead in San Joaquin County

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One person has died after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 120 Tuesday morning involving a big rig, according to the California Highway Patrol in Stockton. (Photo courtesy of California Highway Patrol – Stockton)

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) – One person has died after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 120 Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol in Stockton.

CHP officials said the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. just west of French Camp Road.

According to investigators, a 60-year-old man was driving a Chevrolet SUV westbound on the highway when for reasons unknown, he turned left directly in front of a Freightliner truck tractor as it traveled eastbound.

The 29-year-old driver of the Freightliner struck the SUV head-on, which forced it to crash into a Hyundai as it drove behind the SUV.

The unidentified driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CHP.

The 21-year-old female driver and a 7-year-old boy in the Hyundai were taken to a local hospital for treatment. CHP officials said the child suffered major injuries.

CHP said the driver of the truck tractor did not need hospital attention.

Photos from the scene show the Freightliner with its front chassis smashed in and tilted on a broken front axle.

The crash is still under investigation.

Investigators said drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact the CHP Stockton Area office at 209-938-4800.

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