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6B Wednesday, Feb. 21,2001 Bulletin, Prog Photos Snowstorms on Friday, Feb. 9, made for difficult driving for motorists and emergency responders. When a vehicle rear-ended a Caltrans snow plow on Highway 36 Summit, a California Highway Patrol officer attempted to respond to the Incident. However, before he could arrive on the accident scene, his own vehicle became Incident N it slid off the road and over an embankment. No Injuries were reported. They were wearing their seat bolts. qmper u icy Information that appears tn this Highway 70, Massack column is compiled from the Cali- No injuries were reported fornia ~Iighway Patrol activity logs when a Blairsden resident hit In Quincy and, in some cases, Su- a deer Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 5 $anvUle. The fact that someone has p.m. been involved In an automobile ac- Alicia Marshall, 35, of Blairs- ddent does not constitute liability den, was driving a 1996 Subaru or fault. In addition, the reporting wagon eastbound on Highway CItP agency determines whether In. 70 west of Massack. Juries in the accident are'character. She was traveling at 50-55 tz asm mr, moderate or maJor, mph when a deer jumped out in front of the vehicle. She was Highway 70, Rush Creek unable to avoid the animal. A Portola resident was unin- jured when the 1998 Ford Tau- Highway 70, Rock Creek rus he was driving struck Dam some large rocks Thursday, A Stockton resident was not Feb. 15, at 11:05 p.m. injured when the vehicle she Willlam A. Adamson, 55, waswas driving went into the traveling westbound on High- Feather River Saturday, Feb. way 70 in a Ford owned by the 10, at 9 p.m. city of Portola. He was west of Dorothy L. Wimberly, 60, Rush Creek and traveling at 45 was driving a 1998 Chevy As- to 50 mph. troVan westbound on Highway Several large dark rocks 70, west of the Rock Creek were in the roadway and were Power Dam. partially camouflaged by the She stated she was traveling wet asphalt, at 35 mph when she allowed Adamson came upon them the vehicle to drift offthe road- and turned to the left in an at- way and onto the north shoul- tempt to avoid a collision,der. He was unable to avoid the She then overcorrected to rocks and struck several, cans- the left and the vehicle crossed ing the vehicle's airbags to de- the westbound lane. She then ploy. overcorrected to the right, Although his vision was which sent the vehicle into an blocked by the airbags, Adam- uncontrollable clockwise yaw. son was able to safely stop the It then skidded across the vehicle, partially blocking the eastbound lane and onto the eastbound lane. south shoulder, where it went The cause of the collision over a steep dirt and rock em- was determined not to be bankment. Adarnson's fault, according to The van rolled over one time the report, and came to rest right side up Adamson was wearing his facing northwest, with the rear seat belt. partially submerged in the riv- er. Highway 70, Paxton A passing motorist was able Minor injuries were report-to help Wimborly climb out of ed when two Reno residents the driver's window and then were involved in a single.vehi- up to Highway 70, where she cle incident Thursday, Feb. 15, waited for help to arrive. at 3:50 p.m. The vehicle was totaled. Barbara Varien, 63, was dri- Wimberly was wearing her ving a 1986 Lincoln Town Car seat belt. westbound on Highway 70, west of Paxton Road at a stated Highway 70, Rich Bar speed of 50 mph. Two Tulare, Calif., residents Varien said she began to were involved in a single-vehi- sneeze, and allowed the vehicle cle incident on Highway 70, to drift off the road. east of Rich Bar Saturday, Feb. It then impacted, nearly 10, at4:04p.m. head-on, with a rock wall. Susan M. Lanning, 57, was The Lincoln came to rest ondriving a 1994 Cadillac Sedan the north shoulder of the high- Deville westbound on Highway way, facing west. 70, east of Rich Bar, at a stated Both Varien and her passen,speed of 35 to 40 mph. ger, Donald A. Wissing, 57, suf- She was following behind a fered minor injuries and were large truck and, as she came transported to Plumas District around a curve, she noticed a Hospital in Quincy for treat- large rock in the middle of the ment. westbound lane. She was un- They were wearing their able to take evasive action and seat bolts. , the undercarriage of the Cadil- lac impacted with the rock. Highway 70, Kitty Knt TrailThe rock punctured the Minor injuries were report-transmission pan, but Lanning ed in a two-vehicle incident was able to drive approximate Thursday, Feb. 15, at 1:24 p.m. ly 25 miles before she had to Forest W. Dryden, 44, of Loy- stop. alton, was driving a 1986 Ford She then pulled over to the truck. He was stopped in the north shoulder of the highway eastbound lane of Highway 70, andawaited assistance. waiting to negotiate a leR turn off the highway at the WillHighway 70, Spanish Creek sand house. Creek Bridge According to a passing wit-No injuries were reported ness, Dryden had his turn sig- when a Taylorsvllle resident's nal on. vehicle slid into a California John F. Pato Jr., 19, of Porto- Highway Patrol vehicle Fri- la, was driving a 1987 Ford Es- day, Feb. 9, at 4:45 p.m. cort eastbound on Highway 70 CHP officer Jim Wheaton at 50-55 mph, and was closing was traveling eastbound on in on the stopped truck. Highway 70 east of the Spanish Pato realized he was on a col- Creek Bridge. Officer Craig llsion course with the stopped Rude was following in a sepa. truck and applied the brakes, rate unit. causing his vehicle to go into a They observed a vehicle, a locked wheel skid. blue Chevy Suburban, adja- The Escort rear-ended the cent to the westbound lane, truck, which appeared to be partially Dryden received minor in- blocking the lane. juries and refused medical as- Wheaton turned around at sistance, the east end of "Vicky's" Pato, and his passenger, curve, while Rude turned Michael K. Boyles, 24, of Porto- around at Old Keddie High- la, were transported to Eastern way. Plumas District Hospital inWheaton then drovepast the Portola for treatment to their Suburban and parked in front minor injuries, of it. He leR his vehicle and be- gan walking back to the vehi- cle. At this time, Daniel Cory Howe, 43, of Taylorsville, was driving his 1993 Ford Aerostar westbound on Highway 70, just east of where Wheaton was walking. Wheaton observed Howe's vehicle and estimated his speed to be 40 mph. Wheaton gestured with his hands for Howe to slow down. Howe applied the brakes, and began to slide toward the right. He then took evasive ac- tion by feathering the brake and counter steering. Howe's vehicle continued to slide to the right, while rotat- ing counter clockwise. The right front door of Howe's vehicle then impacted with the left rear corner of Wheaton's patrol car. Rude arrived moments later to take the report. Howe was accompanied by his wife, Shawneen Howe, 38, of Taylorsville. Seat belts were in use. Highway 70 at Siena Springs A Sparks, Nev., resident was uninjured when the 1983 Nis- san she was driving went off the road and overturned Fri- day, Feb. 9, at 2:10 p.m. Catherine M. Knight, 52, was traveling westbound on High- way 70 in a light snow storm. She drove off onto the north shoulder of the road and over- turned into a snow bank. Her vehicle had tires with insufficient tread depth to help maintain traction, according to the report. She was wearing her seat belt. Highway 89, near Clio No injuries were reported when a UPS truck went off the road and overturned Friday, Feb. 9, at 2:15 p.m. Douglas Obryant, 41, of Quincy, was driving a 1986 GMC UPS van northbound on Highway 89, approaching Clio. He was traveling at approxi- mately 25 mph on a slippery roadway during a snow storm. After negotiating a curve, the rear wheels of the vehicle lost traction and the vehicle slid into a drainage ditch and overturned onto its left side. Obryant was wearing his seat belt, which prevented in- juries. Highway 70, BeMon Two Graeagle residents were involved in a single-vehicle in- cident Friday, Feb. 9, at 1:25 p.m. Margarot Trezise, 53, was driving a 1994 Nissan Pathfind- er westbound on Highway 70 at Belden. She was traveling at 30 to 35 mph on the snow-covered road, when her vehicle started to slide into the eastbound lane. Trezise attempted to steer the vehicle back into the west- bound lane, but lost control in the process. The vehicle hit a large rock on the north shoulder of the road and overturned, coming to rest on the driver's side. Trezise, and her passenger, Joyce Kudrna, 50, climbed out of the passenger side of the ve- hicle. Both were wearing their seat bolts at the time of the incident and were uninjured. Visit our web site: 7 SET UP & DELIVERED Local Professionals Serving Local Needs Personal assistance from permits and financing to completion! MODELS OPENII! 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