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2 sets of twins involved in fatal wreck

The driver of a cement truck that crashed into a vehicle transporting twin brothers, killing one, remained in critical condition Wednesday, his own twin brother said.

Ronald Harris, 23, has been in a medically induced coma since undergoing emergency surgery after being flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center July 6, when the cement truck he was driving rolled into the oncoming lane of Highway 174, just north of the Bear River Bridge. His truck slammed into a Toyota pickup truck containing 48-year-old twins — Donald and Daniel Bisbee — and killed Donald, who was driving.

Ronald Harris was scheduled to be brought out of the coma Wednesday, brother Ryan said.

The tragedy of his twin’s involvement in an incident that saw the death of a twin was not lost on Ryan Harris. “It’s really emotional,” he said while on a cell phone outside the hospital where his brother is being cared for.

“I know how it feels to have that bond … My brother was my best friend. I can only imagine what they are going through.”

The Harris twins are fraternal but look identical, Ryan Harris said, and they live together in Grass Valley.

The Bisbee twins lived together, too, in Colfax, where they cared for their mother.

Doctors have told Harris and his family that his brother is not expected to have lingering brain damage and could make a full recovery, he said.

“We’re playing a waiting game right now. We don’t know how long it will take to recover,” Ryan said.

“All the things the doctors have been saying are positive. So things are a looking good.”

Ryan Harris did not know of his brother’s wreck July 6 until four hours after it had occurred, he said. He hadn’t spoken to him since the day prior.

The California Highway Patrol has ruled that Ronald Harris was traveling faster than the advised 25 mph when he drove around the northbound corner of Highway 174 and rolled the Hansen Bros. cement truck into the southbound lane, colliding with the driver’s side of the Bisbees’ pickup truck, shoving it off the roadway.

Donald Bisbee was pronounced dead at the scene, while his twin was transported by air ambulance for moderate injuries and subsequently released.

The CHP ruled out drugs or alcohol as a factor in the collision and has not filed any charges against Ronald Harris, a spokesman said Wednesday.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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