Two residents of the United Kingdom were taken to Modesto-area hospitals Tuesday afternoon after their new Harley-Davidson motorcycle crashed head-on with a small SUV occupied by two residents of France.
At 12:55 p.m., Peter Hall, 58, of the United Kingdom, was driving a 2018 Harley-Davidson motorcycle with female passenger Mhairi Suckling, 65, also of the United Kingdom.
According to a California Highway Patrol press release, the pair was piloting the motorcycle in the westbound lane while traveling eastbound about 30 to 40 miles per hour on Highway 120, just after the end of New Priest Grade.
Traffic in the United Kingdom is known to travel on opposite sides of the road as the United States, but no indication was made in the press release as to why the driver of the vehicle was in the incorrect lane.
At the same time, female driver Aurore Nicaise, 35, of France, was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Trax with passenger Pierre Michel, 36, also of France, about 30 miles per hour and westbound on Highway 120, close to the downhill slope to Old Priest Grade.
As the road curved to the right for westbound traffic, the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was directly in the path of the Chevrolet Trax and the two vehicles collided head-on, the CHP press release said.
Both Hall and Suckling were ejected from the motorcycle and sustained major injuries.
Hall was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto and Suckling was taken to Memorial Medical Center, also in Modesto.
Nicaise sustained minor injuries and received treatment at Adventist Health Sonora. Michel sustained no injuries.