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Friday, 04 September 2009 00:22

Big Rig T-Bones Recreation Vehicle, Shuts Down Highway 88

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slide2.pngAmador County – An 18-wheeler loaded with produce T-boned a recreation vehicle early Thursday, closing the road for several hours and sending 2 Jackson residents to the hospital. California Highway Patrol said that about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, authorities responded to a 2 vehicle collision on Highway 88, at Ousby Road. An 18-wheel tractor trailer, loaded with corn and headed from Stockton to Nevada, collided with a recreation vehicle. James Rasmussen, 75, of Jackson, suffered major injuries and abrasions and complained of pain, and was taken to Sutter Amador Hospital, along with his passenger, Ladessa Johnstone, 84, also of Jackson. The big rig driver, Kenney Hensley, 30, of Escalon reported no injuries. CHP reported that Rasmussen was driving a 1999 Coach motorhome, with Johnstone as a passenger, north bound on Ousby Road, and approaching the stop sign at the intersection with Highway 88. CHP said Rasmussen “made a complete stop at the intersection but failed to see the tractor trailer approaching.” Rasmussen started to make a left turn into the westbound side of 88, and turned directly in front of the tractor trailer. CHP said Hensley “immediately applied the brakes to the tractor tailer, but was unable to avoid the motorhome.” The 18-wheeler “collided with the left side of the motorhome, in a broadside manner,” CHP said. “The violent impact resulted in significant intrusion into the motorhome interior by the tractor and injuries to” Rasmussen and Johnstone. The collision also resulted in both vehicles being tangled together and blocking both lanes of Highway 88. The 18-wheeler was pulling a 48-foot long cargo box, loaded with corn, and headed for Nevada, from Stockton. As wreckers worked, CHP diverted traffic through the Jackson Rancheria Casino, Hotel & Conference Center on Dalton Way, sometime after the 7:30 a.m. crash. CHP reported that the road opened sometime in the 10 o’clock hour. Pat Money, a Highway 88 resident who was a bystander at the scene of the collision, said she heard the crash, a “huge bang.” Money said the Highway 88 and Ousby Road is “such a bad corner,” and she wished “they would do something about it.” Story by Jim Reece and Alan Sprenkel, photos by Alan Sprenkel. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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