According to Adam Shelton, public information officer for the California Highway Patrol office in Tracy, both trucks were driving east on Byron Road just after 11 a.m. when Robert Sidney Hatcher, 62, of Louisville, Tenn., attempted to make a right turn onto Mountain House Parkway.
Hatcher’s truck was straddling the white line separating the left lane from the right turn lane, Shelton said.
Jose Cristobal Rocha Velazquez, 31, the driver of the second tractor-trailer, was trying to go straight through the intersection when Hatcher allegedly struck his truck and forced it off the road. Velazquez’s truck mangled a guardrail and took down a stoplight before stopping on Mountain House Parkway.
The back end of the truck’s trailer tipped, causing a roll of steel wire to fall off the bed, which had only two rolls of wire as its load.
A city of Tracy fire crew and tow truck workers spent more than an hour devising a plan to lift the trailer and the steel wire, which Velazquez said at the scene weighs about 24,000 pounds.
Velazquez, who is from Waterford, said he delivers the wire daily from Pittsburg to Merced.
“He tried to make a right turn from the left lane, and I had to go with him,” he said. “I’m lucky — I could’ve been killed.”
CHP officer Trevor Seal, who is the investigating officer, said he did not expect to file charges in the crash. No injuries were reported, and no other passengers were involved.
As of 2 p.m., police still had the right turn from Byron Road to Mountain House Parkway and the parkway from Byron Road to Arnaudo Boulevard blocked to traffic while crews cleared the crash scene.