Woman injured, dog killed in Highway 20 wreck
June 20, 2011
A North San Juan woman is in fair condition, but her service dog was killed after a single-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon on Highway 20.
Nancy McGowan, 59, was driving a Mitsubishi Montero eastbound on Highway 20 approaching One Mile Way near Nevada City at about 12:50 p.m., according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.
McGowan was behind traffic and became impatient, then began passing traffic on the right-hand shoulder, the report said. She then tried to re-enter the eastbound lane and lost control, with the rear end of her vehicle sliding across the double yellow lines. McGowan then over-corrected and rolled her vehicle multiple times, sliding counter-clockwise and coming to rest on the vehicle’s roof, the report said.
Firefighters from Nevada County Consolidated and Nevada City responded, as did the CHP, Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies and Animal Control. McGowan’s head and arm were trapped between the road and the sunroof of the vehicle, according to Fire Battalion Chief David Ray. The jaws of life were used to extricate her from the Mitsubishi within 15 minutes and she was transported to the Rood Center and then flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
McGowan’s service dog was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene, Ray said in a press release. McGowan was listed in fair condition at the hospital, said spokeswoman Robin Montgomery.
Highway 20 was closed for about 40 minutes, Ray said.
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