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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:02 am, Mon Apr 23, 2012.

A two-vehicle traffic collision seriously injured someone who had to be airlifted to a Sacramento hospital on Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Interstate 5 was closed in both directions for two and a half hours after the 7:30 a.m. crash north of Peltier Road. The highway reopened at about 10 a.m, according to a CHP report.

Phuong Ngo, 69, of Stockton, was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento with major facial lacerations. Three others were transported by ambulance to UCD.

According to the CHP, the crash took place when a 45-year-old Sacramento man, identified only by the last name of Fagan, lost control of his 2009 Dodge pick-up truck from the right southbound lane of I-5, swerved across the grass center divider and collided with a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Linh Ngo, 33, of Stockton.

Fagan was hauling a 20-foot utility trailer containing commercial cleaning equipment, according to the CHP report. Linh Ngo's car, going north on I-5, hit the right side of the trailer head on. Both vehicles were disabled.

Fagan told officers that a mechanical defect caused him to lose control. Officers said they will inspect the vehicle to determine the cause.

Linh Ngo was treated at UCD for a fractured left elbow, and two children in the Ngo car, a 5-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, were treated for abrasions caused by the seatbelt and car seat, according to the CHP.

Fagan and two passengers were not injured. A third passenger, a 31-year-old man, complained of back pain but declined medical treatment.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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