Close call in the canyon
|A pickup truck involved in a single vehicle accident hangs precariously over the edge of the Feather River Canyon. Photo by Michael Clawson
A 61-year-old Quincy woman was hospitalized with serious injuries Sunday afternoon after a single-vehicle accident in the Feather River Canyon near Rich Bar.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Kathleen Pickering was life-flighted to Enloe Hospital in Chico with injuries that included broken ribs, a broken wrist and major internal bleeding.
On Monday morning doctors described her condition as serious.
Pickering was traveling east toward Quincy on Highway 70, west of Rich Bar Road, when her 1999 Ford F-350 left the roadway, according to the CHP report.
The truck struck a mound of dirt and rock and became airborne before striking a rock cliff.
The truck became wedged in the cliff, suspended in the air, several feet down the embankment south of the roadway.
Several bystanders and the CHP arrived on the scene moments after the 2:30 p.m. crash to render aid to Pickering.
She was eventually extracted from the truck by Plumas County Search & Rescue personnel before being flown to the hospital in Chico.
Pickering was wearing a seatbelt, according to the highway patrol officer at the scene.