A 19-year-old man died Friday after his car drifted off Highway 99 in Galt, struck the C Street overcrossing and overturned.
The Stockton man, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after the 12:50 p.m. collision, according to the California Highway Patrol. His two younger sisters and his girlfriend were all hospitalized.
Northbound traffic backed up almost four miles, nearly to Jahant Road, until all lanes were reopened around 2:10 p.m.
The man was driving a 2000 Toyota Corolla north when the vehicle drifted off the roadway, traveled up the steep embankment and collided with a bridge abutment, said Officer Michael Bradley. The car flipped over and came to rest on its roof.
Half a dozen passing vehicles, including one pulling a horse trailer, all stopped to help. One motorist used a personal fire extinguisher to put out a small fire that started in the vehicle, Bradley said.
Two young girls, whom officers said were the drivers’ sisters, were trapped in the back seat for more than 20 minutes as fire crews worked to free them.
The sisters, along with man’s girlfriend who had been in the front passenger seat, were taken by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. They remained hospitalized Friday evening but their injuries were not considered life-threatening, Bradley said.
The driver was taken by ambulance to Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The cause of the collision was still under investigation, but there was no indication of drug or alcohol involvement, Bradley said. Speed did not seem to be a factor, based on statements from a motorist driving behind the Corolla, he said.
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