Freak accident kills one, injures two on Highway 99

A tire from a trailer came off and struck the windshield of a car.

A freak accident on Highway 99 killed one person and injured two others Tuesday evening.

The Highway Patrol says a trailer that was being towed lost one of its wheels near California Avenue around 7:30 p.m.

"What we believe is a northbound truck and trailer lost its trailer wheel. The trailer wheel jumped the center divider and collided with the blue Jeep. We believe it hit the driver," said Sgt. Marvin Casey, CHP.

There were two passengers in the Jeep. They were taken to the hospital with moderate to major injuries.

The CHP says the driver of the truck and trailer was unaware the wheel had struck someone. And, he was visibly distraught after learning what happened.

The side of the truck says Kirkes Electric, which is a company based in Turlock, California.

No word on whether any charges will be filed or citations issued against the driver of the truck or the company.

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