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Update at 2:18 p.m.: CHP officials are releasing more details about a major injury crash that occurred early Wednesday.

The incident, now described as a solo crash, was logged in as having happened around 6:30 a.m. as 28-year-old Manuel Azevedo of Modesto was driving his 2001 Honda Civic northbound on La Grange Road, south of Red Hills Road.

CHP officials say his estimated speed was about 55 miles per hour while approaching a slight curve in the roadway that he subsequently failed to negotiate after which he drove off the east shoulder, striking a fence. After the impact, the vehicle rolled and came to rest on a covert. Azevedo was transported by air ambulance to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

Officials add he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this collision.

Tracey Petersen posted these earlier updates…

Update at 8 a.m.: The CHP reports major injuries in a two-vehicle collision on J-59/La Grange Road near the Red Hill Road intersection and the Diestel Turkey Farm in the Keystone area. One person was flown from the scene. Officers continue to direct traffic as a tow crew is working to remove the wreckage. Also, the CHP says one of the vehicles hit a culvert that runs under the roadway and it “no longer has an opening.” Officers directed traffic as tow crew removed the wreckage for about an hour and a Caltrans crew surveyed the damage to the culvert. Further details on the crash can be found below.

Original post at 7:20 a.m.:¬† Keystone, CA — First responders are on the scene of the two-vehicle collision and an air ambulance has been called to the scene while officers are directing traffic.

The collision is on J-59/La Grange Road near the Red Hill Road intersection and the Diestel Turkey Farm in the Keystone area. The CHP reports that one vehicle has overturned and another went down an embankment about 100 feet and smashed into a culvert that runs under the roadway and it “no longer has an opening.

Officers are directing one-way traffic in the area and morning commuter traffic is getting backed up in both directions. Motorists may want to find an alternative route. An update will be provided when new information comes into the newsroom.

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