Two killed in separate weekend accidents |

Two killed in separate weekend accidents

Two people lost their lives after their vehicles plunged over embankments in separate area accidents over the weekend.

Brandon M. Alcala, 19, of Grass Valley, was four-wheeling in his 1982 Toyota pickup

truck on a bluff in the Greenhorn Creek area at 9:10 p.m. Saturday night when his accident occurred.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Alcala failed to see a part of the bluff that had eroded away and his right front wheel went over it, causing the truck to plunge. The truck landed on its roof about 15 feet below.

Alcala was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected out the driver’s window of the truck and crushed upon impact. His passenger, Chelsie Cooley, 19, of Grass Valley, was not injured.

In the second accident, William Solomon, 63, of Downieville, died at Enloe Hospital in Chico Friday after his 1977 Chevrolet Suburban plunged 80 feet to the North Yuba River. Solomon was northbound on Highway 49 at 2:50 p.m. three miles north of Downieville when he came around a corner to see a snowplow pushing snow in the southbound lane.

The CHP said Solomon overreacted to the presence of the plow, steered to the right and hit a rock barrier, then continued over a guardrail and down the embankment. Solomon’s vehicle came to rest on its top against a large rock, and emergency personnel had to cut him and a dog out of 1977 Chevrolet Suburban.

The dog was given to an animal control officer from Truckee and Solomon was taken to a nearby helicopter landing zone for transport to Chico. Highway 49 was closed for more than two hours during the crash.

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