The California Highway Patrol is searching for the occupants of a vehicle that became lodged beneath a UPS truck on the Yolo Causeway early Friday, but were picked up by another vehicle before law enforcement officers arrived.
Sgt. Brent Shultz of the CHP said the collision occurred about 2:45 a.m. when a silver Infiniti G35 going westbound on Interstate 80, east of County Road 32A, rear-ended a UPS truck and became wedged beneath it.
Shultz said the Infiniti was occupied by four males. Although the collision resulted in considerable intrusion of the truck into the car’s passenger compartment, the occupants of the Infiniti were able to get out and jumped into a second vehicle, a Mercedes, which appeared to have been following the Infiniti, Shultz said.
He said the UPS truck driver got the license plate number of the Mercedes.
Shultz said CHP dispatchers made contact with a man who said he was the grandson of the Infiniti’s owners. The man said they were trying to sell the vehicle on Craigslist and had arranged a meeting with potential buyers, who then stole the vehicle. The man said the owners gave chase in the Mercedes, but he did not admit to picking up the occupants of the Infiniti at the crash scene.
The man’s story conflicts with others’ accounts, Shultz said, and the circumstances of the collision remain under investigation.
Shultz said the CHP checked with hospitals in the Sacramento, Davis, Woodland, Fairfield and Vacaville areas, but none reported treating patients who showed up on their own and appeared to be accident victims.
He said some lanes on westbound Interstate 80 were closed for about an hour due to the crash.