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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 3B LAW { ) RD ER CHP REPORT The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area Californ& Highway Pa trol as a tentativesummarypending the conclusion of the investigation(s). Highway 70, Jan. 2 Julie Townsley, 49, of Twain, was driving a 1997 Jeep westbound on Highway 70, at approximately 45 mph. About 3:15 p.m., east of Twain Store Road, she saw a deer in the road and swerved to the left. Then she swerved to the right and lost control of the vehicle. The Jeep spun to the right and traveled north where the front of the car struck a rock embankment. The impact spun the car around and its left rear side hit the rock embankment. The vehicle continued to spin to the right and traveled southwest. The Jeep came to rest on its wheels facing north, within the eastbound lane, south of the highway shoulder. Townsley was wearing her seat belt. She was treated for moderate injuries at Plumas District Hospital in Quincy. Highway 49, Jan. 4 At approximately 7:35 a.m., John Dutra, 30, of Pone, Nevada, was driving his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on Highway 49. His speed was about 60 mph. A 35-mph speed-limit sign is clearly posted for the corner just north of Newman Point. Due to his speed, Dutra traveled into the oncoming lane of traffic. He then overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to slide out of control. The car traveled through a dirt turnout, collided with a metal snow pole and overturned. The driver was able to climb out of the vehicle under his own power. No injuries were reported. The cause of this accident is still under investigation. Highway 89, Jan. 6 Karen Beltran, 63, of Greenville, was driving her 2002 black Jeep Liberty northbound on Highway 89, north of Greenville Wolf Creek Road, at about 10:30 a.m. Her stated speed was 50 mph. At that time, the highway had patches of ice on it. Earlier in the day, Caltrans had deposited aggregate material on the roadway in some areas and a deicing agent on the road in other areas to afford traffic better traction. This is a normal condition for the location, time of year and time of day, reports the CHP. As Beltran drove over a patch of ice the Jeep lost traction. The car rotated clockwise and skidded off of the road and onto the east dirt shoulder. Then the left Workers prepare to move an overturned big-rig trailer following an accident onHighway 70 near Caribou on Jan. 7. Photos by Greg Knight side of the vehicle hit a small dirt embankment causing it to roll over (left side leading). The Jeep completed one complete revolution before it collided with a pine tree. The car came to rest on its wheels facing southeast against the pine tree. The driver was able to exit the car and waited for help to arrive. Beltran had been wearing her seat belt, which saved her from serious injury, said the CHP. Graeagle-Johnsville Road, Jan. 6 Graeagle resident Justin Russell, 29, was driving his 1997 Nissan pickup westbound on Graeagle-Johnsville Road, just west of Jamison Mine Road, at about 45 mph. At approximately 11:10 a.m. Russell entered a turn at an unsafe speed, which caused the vehicle to slide out of control and leave the roadway. Upon leaving the roadway, Russell's vehicle overturned and struck a tree. Following the collision Russell was able to remove himself and his passenger from the vehicle. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. No one was injured. Highway 89, Jan. 7 Heading north at a stated speed of 50 mph, just north of Greenville Wolf Creek Road on Highway 89, Picky Prows, 53, of Sacramento, was driving his roommate's green 1995 Subaru Impreza. It was approximately 10:26 a.m. The roadway had patchy areas of ice at the time. Due to the icy conditions, Caltrans had been out earlier in the day to deposit aggregate material on the road and apply a deicing agent to the highway in various areas to afford passing traffic additional traction. Prows lost control of the vehicle as he drove over an icy patch. When the vehicle lost traction, it skidded across the road, across the west shoulder and over the embankment. The rear of the car hit a fir tree and then the left side of the Impreza hit a cedar tree. The driver and his passenger were able to exit the car and got a ride from a passerby into Greenville, where they contacted Crescent Towing to recover the Subaru. Both occupants had been wearing their seat belts and escaped injury. Highway 70, Jan. 7 Gerald Pounds, 70, of Olivehurst, was driving his company's white-and-red 2009 Kenworth Conventional truck and 2008 Reliance aggregate trailer with a full load of gypsum westbound on Highway 70 approaching Misery Bar at a stated speed of 45 - 50 mph. At approximately 12:29 p.m., he allowed his combination of vehicles to drift off of the road and onto the north dirt shoulder. The driver was able to bring the truck back onto the road, but the trailer hit the mountainside. The impact caused the trailer to overturn onto its right side, and spill its load of gypsum on the highway. Pounds brought his combination vehicle to a stop. The westbound lane was completely blocked. Gypsum was scattered all over Highway 70 for several hundred feet. Pounds was wearing his seat belt and was not injured during the collision. Arlington Road, Jan. 7 Taylorsville resident Francis Musser, 92, was driving his family's blue 2006 Toyota Tacoma eastbound on Arlington Road, just east of Old Arlington Road, at a stated speed of 25 - 30 mph. The roadway was covered with a layer of ice. The Tacoma was not equipped with any supplementary traction devices. As the truck was traveling its tires lost traction and the vehicle began to skid across the road towards the north shoulder, while rotating counterclockwise. The driver was unable to regain control of the truck and it went off of the road and onto the north dirt shoulder where it hit a reflective paddle marker. The Tacoma continued skidding down the side of a ditch. Once the truck reached the bottom of the ditch, its right side impacted violently with the opposite side of the ditch. That impact caused the Toyota to flip over. The truck came to rest on its wheels facing west. The driver's passenger received a head injury. She was wearing her seat belt, which saved her from further injury, said the CHP. She was treated at Enloe Medical Center in Chico. Musser was wearing his seat belt and only received minor injury to his head. A helicopter prepares to transport Taylorsville resident Ann Harrigan to Enloe Medical Center in Chico after the truck she was riding in slid off the roadway and overturned just east of Arlington Road near Taylorsville on Jan. 7. Highway 70, Jan. 8 About 9:05 a.m., Marilyn Johnson, 82, of Quincy was driving a 1998 Toyota Camry eastbound at approximately 45 - 50 mph. The road was icy. East of Sierra Springs, she entered a curve to the left, and her car began to skid. Johnson lost control of the vehicle and skidded off of the right side of the road and down the embankment. The Camry came to rest on its wheels facing north. Johnson was wearing her seat belt and sustained only minor injuries. She was treated at Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola. Highway 70 east of Rogers Flat, Jan. 8 Nicholas Jones, 22, of Paradise, was involved in a minor injury collision at approximately 10:58 a.m. He was driving his 1993 GMC Jimmy westbound on Highway 70 at about 55 mph. 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