Elderly woman crashes on Highway 49 | TheUnion.com

Elderly woman crashes on Highway 49

An 81-year-old woman suffered only minor injuries after she ran several cars off the road with her car and crashed into a guardrail on Highway 49.

Catherine Warner of Applegate was swerving “all over the road,” and nearly crashed head-on into two cars as she crossed over the double yellow lines, according to witnesses who followed her on the highway from Dry Creek Road north to Lime Kiln Road shortly after noon today, said CHP Sgt. Jerry Morgan.

Several other cars veered off the road as they swerved to avoid Warner, witnesses said.

As a 911 caller followed behind Warner, four CHP officers rushed from Grass Valley down Highway 49 to get to her before she caused a head-on accident.

Applegate went over the yellow lines again and hit a guardrail 30 seconds before officers arrived.

“Fortunately no one was coming in the opposite direction,” Morgan said. “She would have killed someone.”

Morgan said Warner was awake and talking to officer at the accident scene, and she appeared disoriented and confused.

“She thought she was on Interstate 80 going to Applegate,” Morgan said.

Warner was transported by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, but she was not admitted.

Read Thursday’s edition of The Union for the complete story.

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