CHP Report for the week of 2/26/20
The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s).
Rolled Peterbilt, Feb. 17
At about 3:30 p.m., Eric Baggett, 45, of Oroville, was traveling westbound on Highway 70, just west of Rush Creek Road. He was driving a 2014 Peterbilt truck, pulling a bottom dump trailer with a full load of gypsum. Baggett was driving at a stated speed of 50 mph prior to the collision.
Baggett related he was approaching a sharp left-hand curve for westbound traffic when he felt his truck pull sharply to the right. His right tires got into the gravel on the north shoulder. He attempted to steer back to the left.
At that point the truck and trailer went into a slide, continuing westbound while facing southwest. The outermost right rear tire of the trailer then collided with a concrete box culvert and a paddle marker on the north shoulder.
The initial impact caused the trailer to overturn onto its right side, which in turn caused the truck to overturn as well. The truck/trailer combination rolled over once before coming to rest on its driver side.
Following the collision, the driver was removed from the vehicle and moved onto a flat portion of the overturned trailer by a passing motorist. A passing nurse and doctor stopped and rendered assistance to Baggett prior to the ambulance’s arrival.
Baggett sustained moderate injuries and was transported to the Twain Store by the Plumas District Hospital ambulance. He was then taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico by Beckwourth Care Flight.
The driver had been wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision. His injuries consisted of severe pain to his neck, shoulders and chest. The doctor on scene suspected a possible neck/spinal injury.
Injury accident, Feb. 20
At approximately 1:10 p.m., Jacob Walke, 30, of Quincy, was driving his 2012 Toyota Highlander westbound on Highway 70, just west of Massack Road. The driver was transporting three juvenile passengers. His rate of speed was about 55 mph.
For unknown reasons, Walke allowed his vehicle to drift to the right and onto the north dirt shoulder. His vehicle then collided with the dirt embankment. This caused the Toyota to roll over several times.
All four occupants were utilizing proper restraints. As a result only two of the four, the driver and one of the juvenile passengers, suffered minor injuries.
All four occupants were transported to PDH for precautionary reasons due the severity of the collision.
Highway 70 had one-way traffic control in effect for a short period while responders cleaned up the accident scene.