Local Digest

Crash sends three to hospital

Hollister – A head-on collision on Highway 152 just west of the Don Pacheco Y Wednesday morning sent three people to the hospital with minor injuries and shut down both directions of the highway for about an hour, police said.

Lidia Munoz, 27, and Mario Lopez, 23, of Menlo Park were taken by CALSTAR to San Jose Regional Medical Center after their black 1988 Honda Prelude collided with a 1992 Buick Regal driven by San Jose resident Beatriz Gonzalez, 22, about 10am.

Gonzalez was taken to Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, according to CHP Sgt. Dave Hill.

Munoz was traveling 50 to 55mph in the westbound lane when she took her eyes off the road to adjust the radio and drifted into the eastbound lane, Hill said. She then veered back into the westbound lane, overcorrected and traveled back over the double yellow lines.

County battles med fly

San Jose – Santa Clara County officials will release 2.5 million sterile Mediterranean fruit flies today to eradicate flies detected in San Jose. The sterile flies breed with females and prevent them from reproducing. In addition to the sterile releases, state agriculture officials will conduct ground treatments in the Santa Teresa area, where the flies were discovered. The last med fly infestation in Santa Clara County was in 1992.

Sixth West Nile Virus case

San Jose – A sixth San Jose resident has been diagnosed with West Nile virus. The 52-year-old woman was not hospitalized and is recovering at home. Only one of the confirmed cases has been hospitalized. Last year, one county resident was diagnosed with the virus. According to the latest figures available from the state, there have been 819 confirmed cases and 16 deaths this year. Last year, there were 830 cases and 28 fatalities.º

Three injured in accident

Gilroy – Three people were injured when a Loomis Fargo money truck hit a pick-up truck on U.S. 101.

Both vehicles were traveling southbound when Anne Marie Moore, 38, of Campbell was struck from behind. She was braking for traffic and the driver of the money truck, 34-year old Daniel Mercado of San Jose, did not see, said Officer Chris Armstrong.

The passenger of the money truck suffered a dislocated left shoulder. Moore complained of back and neck pain. Both were taken to Saint Louise Regional Hospital.

Send news items to City Editor Robert Airoldi. FAX to 842-2206, mail to Gilroy Dispatch, 6400 Monterey Road, Gilroy, CA 95020.

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