4-year-old boy among injured in Highway 140 two-vehicle crash

Several people were hurt Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 140, just east of Merced, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 4-year-old boy, one of the passengers, sustained major injuries.

The crash was reported at 4:10 p.m. just east of North Orchard Drive. Ralph Burnside, 73, of Catheys Valley, was driving a 2012 Toyota Tundra, attempting to enter eastbound Highway 140 from the north gravel shoulder. Meanwhile, 34-year-old Joe Rosasgonzalez of Planada was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon westbound on Highway 140 at 55 mph, approaching the Toyota’s location, CHP reported.

The GMC was carrying four passengers: a 26-year-old woman, a 60-year-old man, a 9-year-old girl and the 4-year-old boy. There were no passengers in the Toyota.

As the Toyota entered the roadway, its tires spun in the loose gravel, causing it to remain at a 45-degree angle, partially in the westbound lane of Highway 140.

Rosasgonzalez, the driver of the GMC, tried to avoid a crash with the Toyota by steering to the left, but the right front side of the GMC crashed into the left front side of the Toyota.

The 4-year-old boy suffered a broken left femur in the crash and was flown to the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento.

Rosasgonzalez and the 9-year-old girl riding in his GMC suffered minor injuries, and the 60-year-old man and the 26-year-old woman suffered minor to moderate injuries. They were taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center, according to the CHP.

Burnside, the driver of the Toyota, complained of chest pain and was also taken to Mercy Medical Center.

Neither alcohol or drugs appeared to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, the CHP reported.