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Claus Road Crash Claims One Victim
Stanislaus Consolidated

An early morning crash on Claus Road outside Riverbank claimed the life of a 40-year-old Oakdale woman.

According to authorities, the Thursday morning accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. and was on Claus just north of Milnes Road. Modesto Police Department handled the initial investigation and indicated that the Oakdale woman was southbound on Claus when her truck was struck by a northbound vehicle that drifted into her lane.

after the vehicle she was driving was struck by an oncoming vehicle on Claus Road in east Modesto.

Authorities identified the deceased driver as Rida Franco of Oakdale. The driver of the other vehicle was identified as an 18-year-old from Oakdale and police were looking into the possibility that he may have fallen asleep at the wheel, causing his vehicle to drift into oncoming traffic.

The incident remains under investigation.

A passenger in Franco’s vehicle, an 18-year-old, and the other driver were both taken to area hospitals with major injuries. Emergency personnel were unable to save Franco, who died at the scene.

Authorities said drugs or alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash.