Icy roadway leads to fatality | TheUnion.com

Icy roadway leads to fatality

Icy conditions were partly to blame for a Monday collision on Highway 49 near Camptonville that killed a Texas woman and left three fellow passengers with major injuries.

The woman, whose name was withheld, died at the scene, and the other three went by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where two were in critical condition and the other in serious condition.

All four were in a northbound Jeep Cherokee driven by Jonathan Leigh Andrews, 39, of Missouri City, Texas, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Carlson.

At 2:20 p.m., a half-mile north of Jackson Avenue in Yuba County, Andrews lost control of the Jeep going about 40 mph into an icy corner. The Jeep spun into the oncoming lane and was struck in the front passenger door by a Tom’s Sierra truck driven by Leonard Lind Jr., 62, of Placerville, Carlson said. Lind suffered minor injuries and sought his own medical aid.

The dead woman was in the Jeep’s front right seat. The three injured passengers were in the back seat. Two men are in critical condition, and a woman is in serious condition, a Sutter Roseville supervising nurse said. The spellings of their names weren’t immediately available, but all three shared the same last name.

Officer Carlson said the crash blocked traffic until 4:35 p.m. He didn’t learn why the five Texans were in the area. Missouri City is southwest of Houston.

Besides CHP, the Camptonville, Downieville and North San Juan fire departments responded with the Yuba and Sierra County Sheriff’s offices and others.

The crash remains under investigation.

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