Nevada County fatality: Driver dies in Highway 49 wreck |

Nevada County fatality: Driver dies in Highway 49 wreck

Grass Valley and Nevada County firefighters prepare to scale down an embankment to work on retrieving the body of a driver involved in a fatal head-on collision on Highway 49 at Rush Creek Way, just north of Nevada City, Friday afternoon.
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A 60-year-old Alleghany man died Friday afternoon when another vehicle crossed into his lane of travel on Highway 49, sending his Jeep Wrangler down an embankment, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened around 2:30 p.m. near the highway’s intersection with Rush Creek Way. A northbound 2012 Dodge Ram hauling a trailer, driven by 75-year-old Franklin Milhous of Nevada City, crossed the double yellow lines and into the path of the southbound Jeep for an undetermined reason, reports state.

“The Dodge and Jeep collided head on within the southbound lane causing the Jeep to careen down the west road edge embankment, where it came to rest,” a release states.

The driver of a 2006 Ford Ranger, behind the Jeep, maneuvered around the crash, though debris went through his windshield, authorities said.

Evidence led officers to believe the Jeep’s driver was unrestrained. Authorities pronounced him dead at the scene, the release states.

Suffering from major injuries, Milhous was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. The Ford Ranger’s driver had minor injuries and declined medical treatment, authorities said.

CHP said it determined that alcohol and drugs weren’t a factor in the wreck.

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