CHP releases details on two recent vehicle collisions

The Quincy area office of the California Highway Patrol released information on two collisions that temporarily shut down Highway 70.

Single big rig collision on Highway 70 east of Caribou Road

 Jack Doerr, 26, of Chico was driving a 2022 Peterbuilt tractor with a trailer, westbound on Highway 70 east of Caribou Road on Nov. 7 at 12:45 p.m.  According to the CHP, Doerr conducted an unsafe turning movement that caused the vehicle to travel off the roadway and over the steeply declining embankment on the south side of  70.  The vehicle struck a stand of trees, which stopped the vehicle from further travel into the Feather River below. Big-rig tow trucks were summoned to the scene and the roadway was closed for two hours for vehicle extraction. Doerr was uninjured in this collision.

Two-vehicle collision on Highway 70 west of Parkers Road

Mr. R Thompson, 67, of Loyalton, was driving his 1994 Chevrolet pickup, eastbound on Highway 70 west of Parkers Road near Blairsden on Nov. 8, at 4:39 p.m.  The roadway was covered with a thin layer of slushy snow and R-1 chain control restrictions were in effect requiring all vehicles to travel at a reduced speed limit of 35 miles-per-hour.  Ms. F Martin, 19, of Quincy, was driving her 2007 Ford pickup westbound on 70 east of  Thompson.  According to the CHP, Thompson was driving at a speed unsafe for conditions and his vehicle lost traction on the roadway causing it to enter a 270-degree, uncontrollable spin, which resulted in his vehicle crossing into the path of Martin’s vehicle. The rear of Thompson’s vehicle struck the front of Martin’s vehicle causing disabling damage to the Ford and it came to rest in the westbound lane.  The roadway was closed temporarily to remove the vehicle from the road.