On January 30, 2019 at approximately 1:18 PM, the Merced Communication Center (MCC) received a call of a tractor/trailer combination had overturned and was blocking I-5 southbound to SR-152 eastbound. Officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Los Banos Area Office responded to the scene and investigated the collision.
During the course of the investigation it was determined a 2008 Freightliner was driven by Mr. Omer on the S/B I-5 off-ramp to E/B SR-152. The driver of the Freightliner was unable to negotiate the curve of the off ramp and overturned across both eastbound lanes of SR-152. As a result, Mr. Omer sustained minor injuries to his arms and nose. The driver was wearing his seatbelt. The trailer was loaded with cattle.
Alcohol and/ or drugs, and weather conditions do not appear to have been a factor in this collision. This collision remains under investigation.