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Six people avoid injuries in four-vehicle crash on Highway 88

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002 10:00 pm

Six people involved in a four-vehicle pile-up Thursday morning escaped injury - despite what were ingredients for disaster.

The accident, which occurred just after 8:30 a.m. at Harney Lane and Highway 88, included two big-rigs, a motorcycle and a pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck ran the stop sign before being hit by one big-rig traveling north on Highway 88, witnesses said.

The motorcyclist, David Biasotti, of Fremont, crashed into the back trailer of a second big-rig. Both were traveling north behind the first big-rig.

The pickup, driven by Seth Buchan, of Lodi, ended up in a ditch on the other side of the intersection, California Highway Patrol spokesman Ted Montez said.

Buchan was headed west on Harney Lane.

Buchan was at the stop sign on Harney Lane when he failed to yield the right-of-way, moving into the intersection and the path of the big-rig driven by Victor Vukonich, of Hesperia, Montez said.

The big-rig attempted to stop but couldn't and veered to the right, striking the left rear of the pickup.

Two young children and another adult, who remains unidentified, were riding in the cab of the pickup. They declined medical treatment for themselves and children from paramedics at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation, Montez said. No one will be cited at this time, he said.

Mokelumne district firefighters at the scene agreed the accident could have been much worse.

The unguarded intersection has been the scene of dozens of accidents, including fatalities, over the years.

Although traffic lights are scheduled to be installed at other intersections deemed unsafe by the California Department of Transportation - including Highway 88 in downtown Lockeford - the scene of Thursday's accident is not scheduled for a light.

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