The pickup and the van were both traveling toward town just before 5 p.m.
As both vehicles neared Grant Line Road, traffic was backed up in the roadway as drivers waited to cross the intersection. The pickup stopped, and the van struck the right rear section, collapsing the van’s driver’s compartment. The driver, 58-year-old Mark Church of Tracy, was pinned inside and had to be cut free of the wreckage by fire crews. He was airlifted to an area hospital in stable condition and was scheduled to undergo surgery today for his injuries.
Byron Road was closed in both directions for about 45 minutes as crews freed the driver and investigated the crash scene.