Accident victim, 67, fair |

Accident victim, 67, fair

A 67-year-old woman injured in a freak accident near Penn Valley Tuesday was in fair condition at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Betty Vickers, 67, was struck in the face and neck with lumber after she pulled too close behind a flatbed truck carrying two-by-fours and two-by-sixes on Highway 20 east of Rough and Ready Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol. The lumber penetrated her front windshield. She went by helicopter to Sutter Roseville, and she was alert Wednesday, CHP Officer Randy Gunning said.

The accident occurred about 5:20 p.m. when Vickers, westbound in a 1997 Chevy Tahoe, misjudged the speed of the truck in front of her, a 1997 Ford driven by Edison Zapata, 43, of North San Juan, Gunning said. He said the lumber was properly marked with a red flag.

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