Sacto 9-1-1
June 14, 2012
Tow truck is pinned in back of refrigerated big rig on Highway 99

A Lodi man suffered a broken leg when flatbed tow truck drove into the back of a fully loaded refrigerated big rig trailer on Highway 99 between Sacramento and Yuba City.

The 3 p.m. Wednesday crash closed Highway 113 for about two hours and reduced lanes of travel on Highway 99 so that crews to could extricate the tow truck driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officers said the big rig was rolling forward on northbound Highway 99 at Highway 113 when the light turned green. The tow truck, driven by David Vargas, 34, of Lodi was approaching from behind at a speed "not greater than 65 mph," according to a CHP release.

For unknown reasons, Vargas did not stop his tow truck and collided with the rear of the trailer. The front of the tow truck became partially lodged in the back of the refrigerated trailer.

Rescue crews diligently worked for more than two hours to get Vargas out of the tow truck.

Vargas was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center with a broken femur and cuts. A passenger also had cuts and went to the medical center.

No injuries were reported to the big rig driver.

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