Two-vehicle crash with major injuries reported near Stevinson in Merced County

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A Winton woman was taken to the hospital Monday after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle collision near Stevinson, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers responded to the intersection of highways 140 and 165 just after 4:38 p.m. Monday for the crash, where one vehicle overturned according to CHP Officer Eric Zuniga.

Zuniga said 42-year-old Ryan Williams of Delhi, was driving westbound on Highway 140 in a 1999 Dodge 3500 pickup truck towing a horse trailer. Williams was traveling about 5-10 mph after stopping at the intersection when the right side of the truck was struck by a 2005 Honda Civic traveling southbound on Highway 165, driven by 60-year-old Paula Gomez of Winton.

According to Zuniga, the front of the Honda collided with the passenger side of the Dodge, causing the Honda to flip over. The CHP said that after collecting witness statements, it was determined that Gomez failed to stop at a stop sign and was traveling at an estimated 60 mph prior to the collision.

Zuniga said the intersection is controlled by a four-way stop.

Gomez was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment of major injuries to her arms and legs. Williams complained of pain following the collision but refused medical treatment. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor in the collision, according to Zuniga.

The collision remains under investigation.

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