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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 12:47 pm | Updated: 7:24 pm, Mon Feb 25, 2013.

One lane on Highway 12 in the Delta will continue to be closed until about 6 p.m. today in the aftermath of a multi-vehicle accident a mile west of Tower Park Marina, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision took place at about 11 a.m. Monday, when Joseph Teves, 26, of Rio Vista, the driver of a Ford Ranger, headed east on Highway 12. Taves was distracted while talking to a passenger, Ryan Smith, 26, also from Rio Vista, and crashed head-on with a big rig headed west, according to CHP Officer James Smith.

Both vehicles overturned, with the big rig going down a 15-foot embankment, Smith said. Teves was hospitalized for injuries that weren’t life-threatening, Smith said. The driver of the big rig, Daniel Stephenson, 53, of Sacramento, was not injured.

Both vehicles overturned, with the big rig going down a 15-foot embankment, Smith said. The driver of the Ford Ranger was hospitalized for injuries that weren't life threatening, Smith said.

Several vehicles traveling east behind the Ford Ranger drove off the road embankment into an open field to avoid crashing into the big rig, Smith said. There was no damage or injuries to the people evading the truck.

CHP officers determined that alcohol was not a factor in the collision, Smith said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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