Posted: 11:26 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Driver seriously injured; Marsh Creek Road closed by crash

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CLAYTON, Calif. —

A driver who was not wearing his seatbelt and apparently tried to pass traffic on Marsh Creek Road near Clayton is in the hospital with major injuries Thursday morning after crashing head-on into another car, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The 33-year-old Stockton resident was driving a pickup truck west on Marsh Creek Road near Morgan Territory Road around 8:05 a.m. when he crossed over the double yellow lines and crashed directly into another pickup truck driven by a 54-year-old Discovery Bay man, CHP Officer John Fransen said.

The Stockton man suffered major head injuries and was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

"Had he been wearing his seatbelt, it would have saved him from the pretty significant head injuries," Fransen said.

The driver of the second pickup truck, who was wearing his seatbelt, was uninjured.

Fransen said witnesses driving behind the Stockton man's truck prior to the crash reported that he had swerved multiple times over the double yellow lines in apparent attempts to pass traffic.

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash, he said.

Marsh Creek Road was shut down in the area as emergency crews responded to the collision but reopened later Thursday.

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