Woman in motorcycle side-car dies in crash | TheUnion.com

Woman in motorcycle side-car dies in crash

A woman riding in a motorcycle side-car died Sunday morning after colliding head on with a full-size van about one mile south of Independence Trail on Highway 49.

“After attempts to resuscitate her, she passed at the scene,” said Capt. Jerry Funk of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Station 84 in Nevada City.

The man driving the motorcycle received major injuries and was flown by Calstar to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Funk said.

“He had multiple fractures (to his arms, legs and trunk). He was alert and talking to us. He was in pretty bad shape,” Funk said.

The two occupants of the van were not injured, Funk said.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office did not release the names of the victims of the crash.

A Calstar helicopter landed on the old South Yuba bridge to get to the injured man while law enforcement stopped traffic along the highway, Funk said.

“It’s a pretty busy traffic day. We had traffic backed up pretty bad,” Funk said. Traffic was stopped for more than an hour, said Susan Chase, state parks supervising ranger who was at the scene directing traffic.

Vehicles towing horse trailers and boats were caught in the traffic and people were cooperative and patient, Chase said. The crash occurred before many of the river crowd arrived, Chase said.

The call came into the Calfire Interagency Command Center at 10:24 a.m. according to a communications operator. The North San Juan Fire Department, the California Highway Patrol and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office also responded.

During the summer months, the twisty stretch of highway is busy with weekend recreationists who swim in the South Yuba River, hike Independence Trail or drive up to the high country to camp.

“That whole section of roadway between the 49 crossing and Independence Trail is pretty curvy,” Chase said.

The highway is a well-traveled scenic byway for many motorcyclists who are commonly seen traveling in groups. Numerous motorcycles were parked at the scene, Funk said.

“It looks like it was part of a motorcycle group,” Funk said.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail lbrown@theunion.com or call 477-4231.

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