California Highway Patrol Sgt. John Martinho identified the driver as Lucas Jonas, 44, of Lodi. Martinho said Jonas crashed after the Jeep came into contact with a recreational vehicle traveling north on I-5 around 3:15 p.m.
On Wednesday, CHP Sgt. Cindy Segundo said the Jeep had been traveling northbound off the I-5 onramp from Highway 205. Jonas lost control of the Jeep and rolled off the east side of the road, tumbling down the embankment and ejecting him, she said.
The Jeep landed on top of Jonas, trapping him at the base of the embankment next to a barbwire fence.
Segundo said about eight or 10 men from cars that stopped on the highway after the accident climbed down the embankment and were able to lift the Jeep and pull Jonas from beneath the vehicle.
Jonas was taken by ambulance to San Joaquin General Hospital for treatment of what Segundo described as major injuries. On Thursday, Martinho said that his injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
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