2015-09-03 / Front Page

Accident details released

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 9:40 a.m. -Yesterday afternoon's vehicle accident that ignited a small wildland fire at the base of Spring Hill on Highway 49 South was caused by a single vehicle.

According to the CHP, the collision occurred as Lauren Rust, 31, or Mariposa was driving her 2000 Chevy Tahoe south on the highway. Rust did not observe a stopped vehicle in from of her that was intending to turn left. Rust swerved her vehicle to the left to avoid colliding into the rear of the stopped vehicle. She then swerved her vehicle back to the right in an attempt to regain the southbound lane and lost control of her vehicle. The Tahoe left the west roadway edge of the highway and overturned down the embankment.

The occupants were able to escape the vehicle, shortly before it caught fire. The fire quickly spread into the surrounding dry vegetation. Emergency crews quickly responded the extinguished the fire.

One lane traffic control was established for northbound and southbound traffic until approximately 6:15 p.m. when the fire crews cleared the scene.

Rust complained of pain after the accident. Two minors were aboard the vehicle also, one sustaining a small avulsion to the back and the other sustaining no injury.

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