Wreck on Highway 20 near Washington Road kills truck passenger
A vehicle collision Tuesday night on Highway 20 resulted in the death of a female passenger.
The two-vehicle wreck was reported at 6:52 p.m. on the highway between Washington Road and Vista Point.
Rick Caffey, 50, of Grass Valley, was driving a 1998 Honda Civic eastbound west of Chalk Bluff Road, and Edward Mabe, 71, of Grass Valley, was driving a 1994 GMC Sierra westbound, according to the California Highway Patrol. Caffey reportedly diverted his attention from the road by reaching for an object in his car and allowed his vehicle to travel across the double yellow lines into the westbound lane, directly into Mabe’s path.
The front of the Honda collided into the front of the GMC, which overturned at least one time. The Honda continued to travel in a easterly direction until it coasted to a stop, the CHP said.
The passenger in the GMC, a 71-year-old woman, sustained fatal injuries. Her name has not been released pending family notification. Mabe sustained major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Caffey was uninjured.
Alcohol and/or drugs have been determined to not be a factor in the collision. This investigation is still ongoing by the California Highway Patrol.
The road was closed in both directions at the Omega rest stop until one-way traffic controls were put in place at about 7:20 p.m. The roadway was completely reopened at 9:13 p.m.
— The Union staff
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