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Bill Lavallie
2 days ago
Traffic was upset for a while after two vehicles collided at Highway 49 & Clinton Rd., in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Early Tuesday morning, a pickup truck and a sedan collided at the intersection of Hwy 49 and Clinton Road in Jackson. Both drivers stated that they had the green light.

There was considerable damage to the sedan and the pickup was moderately damaged. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

None of the vehicle occupants had serious injuries.

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Bill Lavallie
1 week ago
ALD photo by Bill Lavallie

Around 4:55 p.m., last Friday afternoon, a vehicle turning onto China Graveyard Road, in Jackson, lost control on the wet payment and rolled into a ditch along the side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle did not sustain any injuries, though the vehicle was moderately damaged. Speed and the wet pavement may have been contributing factors to this crash.

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

For the first time since 2003, the Super Bowl is coming to California. As always, the safety of the public at the game and on our state roads will remain the top priority of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The public can expect to see increased law enforcement presence on and around February 7, 2016.

“The Super Bowl is America’s most-watched national sporting event and California is fortunate to be the host this year,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “With days of events leading up to the game, the Bay Area will see an influx...

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Bill Lavallie
2 weeks ago

Around 10:45 a.m., last Friday, a Chevrolet pickup was entering onto Highway 88 from Tabeaud Road, headed west. The driver failed to notice a sedan traveling east from Pine Grove and did not yield to the vehicle.

The sedan struck the truck in the center rear, causing it to flip over and skid into the westbound lane of the highway. The sedan traveled a short distance and came to rest int the westbound lane.

The driver of the sedan was removed from the vehicle and taken by ambulance to Sutter Amador Hospital to be evaluated. The...

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Bill Lavallie
3 weeks ago
This vehicle was last seen hanging precariously over the edge of a steep slope near Pine Grove. Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

On Friday, January 15, a call came in to the Sheriff’s Department stating that a car had struck a tree on Highway 88, at Taves Road, in Pine Grove. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders found a Subaru balanced precariously on the edge of the road, ready to roll down the embankment.

According to an eyewitness, the driver of the vehicle did not notice that the vehicle in front of him was stopping to make a left-hand turn onto Taves. When he did notice, he braked and steered hard to the right and skirted the side of the road,...

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Eric Winslow
01/14/2016 11:12 AM
A Douglas fir and a car bumper mix it up on Highway 16. Photo by Eric Winslow
Last month before the holidays, I was driving westbound on Highway 16 after dark. My wife and 15-year-old son were in the car. It was just another standard trip to Sacramento, but what happened to us happened in a crazy unpredictable instant. Even though I was traveling at the posted speed limit of 65 m.p.h., it was still too fast to avoid the Christmas tree lying in the middle of the highway which jumped into the headlight stream. Someone had probably lost the 5-foot Doug fir off the back of their truck, and now I had to deal with... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
01/14/2016 12:09 PM
Amazingly, no one was injured in this crash. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
A 95-year-old driver traveling along New York Ranch road attempted to turn into the Jackson Rancheria around 8 a.m. Tuesday. He lost control of the vehicle and cut the wheel hard then causing the vehicle to veer into the woods adjacent to the entrance road. The driver was not injured in the crash. [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
01/14/2016 11:16 AM
Photo by Bill Lavallie.
On 12 January, at about 11:30 a.m. Thomas Collins, 74, and Emma Kitchen, 59, of Stockton were traveling westbound on Highway 88, just approaching Buena Vista Road. Kitchen became concerned with Collins' high rate of speed and his ability to negotiate the curves on the highway. She asked Collins, her boyfriend, if he was okay. He nodded, then turned right, careening off the highway. The vehicle went up a dirt embankment, then through a field of small trees and brush. After traveling about 500 feet, the car overturned, flew into the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
01/07/2016 11:18 AM

Caltrans will replace its current traffic-data-capturing equipment to better collect information and digital images on the State Highway System, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The $400,000 Model Inventory of Roadway Elements data grant will be used to update the department’s data collection program’s equipment and software, which help the department collect information along the State Highway System. This data informs traffic safety...

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Via Press Release
01/07/2016 11:09 AM
Two accidents occurred in Calaveras County on New Year’s Eve, 2015, one of which eventuated in a fatality. The first accident occurred at 6 p.m., in San Andreas, when Terry Lee Novak, of Valley Springs, was traveling eastbound on Highway 26 east of Yeaton Lane at 55 miles per hour in a 2001 Chevrolet. For unknown reasons, Novak make an unsafe turn, running off the roadway, and heading down the eastbound embankment. This resulted in the vehicle turning over onto its roof. The driver went to Mark Twain Medical Center with minor... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
12/29/2015 12:21 PM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A possible DUI occurred Monday evening, December 28, around 6:30 p.m. The driver of a pickup truck was traveling west on Highway 88 near the Irish Town/Clinton Road cuttoff and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle then drifted to the left side of the road, rolled over and landed in the ditch on the north side of the road.

CHP on scene restrained the driver after he refused to cooperate with commands in an attempt to conduct a sobriety test. The driver was then taken into custody for suspicion of DUI.

No one was injured in the...

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Bill Lavallie
12/22/2015 11:41 AM
Staff at the facility evacuated part of the building until an inspector could verify that there was no structural failure. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie

Friday afternoon around 2 p.m. a 911 call came in stating that there was a truck on the roof of the Kit Carson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Responders arrived to find that a pickup truck had rolled from the upper parking lot of 817 Court Street down the hill and onto the roof of the facility.

The driver appeared to have failed to set the truck in park and left the vehicle. Fortunately, there were no injuries as a result of this accident. There was damage to the vehicle and to the roof of the building.

Staff at the facility...

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Bill Lavallie
12/22/2015 11:30 AM
Friday’s vehicle accident in on Shenandoah Road in Plymouth. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Friday afternoon, December 11, around 2:30 p.m. an accident was reported on Shenandoah Road in Plymouth, near Toscano Winery.

When responders arrived, they found a white Durango which had been struck by a red SUV when it was exiting the winery. The Durango was headed east, and the red SUV was turning left towards Plymouth.

The Durango was occupied by the driver and juvenile male and female passengers. The passengers in the vehicle received only minor injuries. However, heavy damage to the front end of the SUV was sustained and the...

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Bill Lavallie
12/17/2015 12:02 PM

Emergency personnel were called to an incident on Electra Road around 12:20 p.m., Monday, December 14. It was reported that a car had gone over the embankment on Electra Road, and a woman was seriously injured near the river.

A person working for PG&E originally went to the aid of the victim after hearing distress calls along the river. He then went to the PG&E power plant to call emergency personnel.

Responders arrived to find a car had gone over the side of the road and there was a female victim near the car about 100 feet...

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Bill Lavallie
12/17/2015 11:30 AM
Emergency crews endeavor to rescue the injured woman. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Emergency personnel were called to an incident on Electra Road around 12:20 p.m., Monday, December 14. It was reported that a car had gone over the embankment on Electra Road, and a woman was seriously injured near the river.

A person working for PG&E originally went to the aid of the victim after hearing distress calls along the river. He then went to the PG&E power plant to call emergency personnel.

Responders arrived to find a car had gone over the side of the road and there was a female victim near the car about 100 feet below...

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Bill Lavallie
12/14/2015 3:39 PM
Emergency responders arrive on scene of the accident and rescue the injured woman from below the cliff. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Emergency personnel were called to an incident on Electra Road around 12:20 p.m., Monday, December 14. It was reported that a car had gone over the embankment on Electra Road, and a woman was seriously injured near the river.

A person working for PG&E originally went to the aid of the victim after hearing distress calls along the river. He then went to the PG&E power plant to call emergency personnel.

Responders arrived to find a car had gone over the side of the road and there was a female victim near the car about 100 feet...

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Bill Lavallie
12/10/2015 11:58 AM
Distracted driving caused major damage on Tuesday evening, December 8, on the Sutter Creek Bypass. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
A minor injury vehicle accident blocked the Highway 49 bypass for an extended period of time on the evening of Tuesday, December 8. The crash happened at around 7 p.m. on Highway 49, south of Old Highway 49 on Sutter Bypass. According to the CHP report, a 31-year-old man was driving southbound at around 55 miles per hour when he tried to remove his sweater and drifted into oncoming traffic. He collided head-on with 56-year-old Farid Idefar, of Carmichael. The accident occurred at a time when there was heavy fog in the area. Both... [Read more]
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Bill Lavallie
12/03/2015 12:23 PM
This accident occurred Wednesday, Nevember 25 in Martell. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Multiple accidents kept officers busy over the recent Thanksgiving holiday week and weekend.

On Wednesday, November 25, a multi-vehicle accident occurred at the junction of Highway 49 and 88 in Martell. A Ford van traveling west failed to stop at a traffic light at the intersection and collided with a Toyota pickup truck. The impact forced the pickup to cross the roadway and collide with a VW Jetta waiting in the turn lane at the traffic light.

The driver of the Jetta suffered minor injuries, but was not transported to the...

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Bill Lavallie
12/03/2015 12:14 PM
Local fire departments responded quickly to a reported fire on Main Street in Sutter Creek, November 28. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

A fire was reported on Sutter Creek’s Main Street Saturday morning, November 28, around 10:30 a.m. This triggered an immediate, full fire response from the local fire departments.

Main Street was shut down to through traffic and engines were backed up in both directions, ready to do battle. In the end, the fire was quickly contained. An eye witness indicated that smoke and flames were coming from between two adjacent buildings between Bella’s Corner at 65 Main Street and Cozy Collectables.

At the time of the fire, the Sutter...

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Eric Winslow
11/19/2015 12:00 PM

Michael J. Ross of San Andreas was driving his fully loaded 2002 Peterbilt cement truck southbound on Highway 49, north of the Tuolumne County line. As he sped into a curve in the roadway he was unable to maintain control of the truck, which overturned on the driver’s side, pinning Ross in the cab. Fire personnel arrived to pull Ross from the truck and fly him from the scene by Life Flight to a Modesto medical center with moderate injuries.

Though none of the truck’s load was spilled, the roadway was closed from 1:50 p.m. to 5:30...

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