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Oct 6, 2010 11:59 PM

Truck driver shot near freeway rest stop

WESTLEY, Calif. (AP) A truck driver is recovering from a gunshot wound after being shot as he pulled his truck out of a rest stop on Interstate 5 in the Central Valley.

Stanislaus County authorities say the truck driver was hit in the arm when several shots were fired as he left the stop in a rural area near Westley around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Captain Tim Beck told the Modesto Bee that because the truck driver was unfamiliar with the area, he was unable to give 911 dispatchers his exact location.

Beck says by the time help did arrive, the man had lost a significant amount of blood.

He was eventually taken to a local hospital by helicopter. The name of the truck driver was not released, but authorities say he is from Santa Ana.

Investigators don't know what sparked the shooting.

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Information from: The Modesto Bee, http://www.modbee.com

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