Three hurt in head-on

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By JASON ECK

Three people were injured in a head-on crash yesterday afternoon on Highway 108 west of Jamestown that caused traffic to back up for miles in both directions.

A California Highway Patrol report states Patrick Maddox, 45, of Turlock, was driving a pickup west on Highway 108 south of Chicken Ranch Road when he drifted to the left over the double-yellow lines into the eastbound lane. At the same time, June Warren, 71, of Copperopolis, was driving east in a sedan. The two collided at 1:15 p.m. Both drivers were going about 55 mph.

Officer Tom Wills said that based on witness statements, he believes Maddox either fell asleep or had a reaction to seizure medication. Wills said Maddox told him he didn't know what happened and said it was like "he awoke from a dream."

Warren and a passenger in her car, Jenny Sale, age unknown, of Copperopolis, were taken by separate helicopters to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto with what officers described as major injuries. Warren was in good condition and Sale in serious condition this morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Maddox was taken to Sonora Community Hospital with what officers described as minor injuries, the CHP report said. The hospital had no record of having treated him.

The crash blocked the east- and westbound lanes of Highway 108 and backed up traffic for about four miles in both directions for about an hour, Wills said.

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