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Reno man in Highway 20 crash dies

A Reno man whose Jeep collided with a tree off Highway 20 last Friday morning died Sunday after being in critical condition for almost two days, according to the Grass Valley California Highway Patrol.

CHP was notified by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office that the driver in the collision, Nolan Gail, died at Sutter Roseville Medical Center at 8:30 a.m. June 29. The man is the second fatality related to the collision.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nolan and Madison Gail were headed westbound on Highway 20, just west of Excelsior Point Road, in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee at an unknown speed when the vehicle lost control.

According to CHP, Nolan Gail, 25, guided the car through a left curve in the road but the Jeep ran off the right side of the road and onto the dirt shoulder.

Nolan Gail then oversteered the vehicle to the left, causing it to skid across two lanes and run off the south side of the highway.

His wife, Madison Gail, 22, sat in the vehicle’s front passenger’s seat, as the Jeep rolled over several times through surrounding brush and trees before the top of the car collided with a large tree.

A mile east of the accident, Julie Warren said she was with two friends driving on Highway 20, heading back to Oregon from a bowling tournament in Reno.

“We had first seen, about a mile east of the crash, a dog running down the road,” Warren said. “We pulled over and we could see that the dog had a sore leg, but it was running so fast. That dog was terrified — it wouldn’t let nobody near it.”

Warren said she then saw a truck driver headed east on the highway pull over and run down the hill toward the wreck to help out.

Warren said her friend, who has medical training, went down to the Jeep, which was wedged between two trees.

“Her and another man were talking to the driver to keep him conscious, and she tried to get to the passenger to get a pulse, but couldn’t get to her because a tree stump was in the way,” Warren said.

Bill Locker, a Nevada City native who also responded to the collision, said he was headed northbound on the same highway with his wife and saw the vehicle on its side next to a tree. Locker said the driver was trapped inside the car with another person.

“I was talking to the driver while we were waiting for the fire and police to arrive,” Locker said.

“The driver was breathing, but I didn’t get close enough to tell if the other person was.”

A police unit and ambulance arrived shortly thereafter, and a coroner pronounced Madison Gail dead at the scene. Nolan Gail was flown by a Care Flight helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major injuries and in critical condition.

CHP said Nolan Gail was put on life support soon after. On Sunday morning, though, the hospital pronounced him dead.

The collision is still under investigation.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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