Patterson Police Deputy Robert Banks said Randall Morganti, 58, of Crows Landing was driving north on Sycamore Avenue in a 1970 Ford 7500 flatbed delivery truck carrying nearly a ton of sulfur in 50 pound bags when he was struck by a 2005 Dodge pickup driven by Scott Read, 44, of Patterson, who was heading east on Walnut.
Banks said Read was driving between 60 and 70 mph in a 25 mph zone when he swerved to miss another eastbound car that was stopped at the intersection's stop sign. He ran the stop sign, striking the Ford broadside, causing it to turn 180 degrees, flip over and ignite the load of sulfur, which spread across Sycamore Avenue.
Morganti was pulled from the flames by his employer Frank Trinta, 30, of Patterson who was following him in a separate vehicle, Banks said.
Morganti suffered second degree burns on his back and arms and a large laceration to his head. He was taken by air ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. Read was taken by ground ambulance to Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock for treatment of minor burns, cuts and scrapes, Banks said.
Criminal charges could be filed in the collision pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation, he said.