The late afternoon sun may have been a factor at 7:40 p.m. Saturday, June 11, when Wyatt Graves, 16, El Dorado Springs, pulled his northbound 2009 Chevrolet Silverado away from the stop sign on Hwy. 97 into the path of a southbound 2016 Peterbilt driven by Earl Johnson, 58, Stockton, on Hwy. 32 at the Eight Mile Corner.
Those who saw the scene later, said that the semi left lots of skid marks trying to avoid the crash.
The report by Trooper T. C. Baker, said that both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Graves was taken by ambulance to CMH in Bolivar with injuries reported as minor. The pickup was totaled. The semi had minor damage and was driven from the scene. No injuries were reported for the semi driver.