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Icy road leads to early morning crash

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The driver and passengers escaped from this pickup before it burned on Friday. Photo by Gary Madison.




LAKEPORT – Two drivers were injured in an early morning crash on Friday that the California Highway Patrol said appeared to have resulted from an icy roadway.

The collision occurred just after 7 a.m. on Highway 29 just south of Park Way near Lakeport, the CHP reported.

Officer Craig Van Housen said 45-year-old Sherrie Stanley of Upper Lake was driving her 1988 Toyota pickup southbound on Highway 29 when she lost control on the icy roadway.

The pickup slid sideways, going across the center divider and colliding with a 2002 Ford pickup driven by 33-year-old Glenn Greer Jr. of Lakeport, Van Housen said.

Van Housen said Stanley's driver-side door hit the left front of Greer's pickup, which also had three passengers, including two children, inside.

The crash closed the roadway completely for about a half hour, with the northbound lane reopening shortly before 7:40 a.m., the CHP reported.

Rescuers had to work to free Stanley from the wreckage, Van Housen said. “It took a while to get her out.”

Stanley sustained major injuries, with her left side and left arm badly lacerated, Van Housen said. She was transported to Sutter Lakeside for treatment.

She was wearing her seat belt, as was Greer and his passengers. Van Housen said two children in car seats in the pickup were properly secured and suffered no injures.

Greer's pickup, however, caught fire after the collision and was burned. Everyone got out with no problems, according to Van Housen.

Greer, who Van Housen said saw the crash coming, braced himself, and suffered what may be a shattered left wrist.

Although Caltrans has been very diligent about keeping the highways sanded, Van Housen urged drivers to be especially careful in the morning while driving to work, especially if it's between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., when roads are likely to be very icy.

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