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Police: Driver in Yreka fatal crash was not wearing seatbelt

A single-vehicle crash near Yreka left one 47-year-old woman dead, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 6:15 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2019 6:16 PM

YREKA, Calif. — A woman who died in a single-vehicle crash near Yreka on Wednesday was not wearing her seatbelt at the time, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

CHP said that Lieutenant Frost of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office came upon the crash that "had just occurred" at about 3 p.m. on Big Springs Road, north of Machado Road. Frost called CHP and asked for troopers to respond.

Investigators determined that a 47-year-old woman from Yreka had been driving a white 2000 Ford F-150 northbound on Big Springs when she came upon a curve. Though the roadway curved to the right, the driver continued "in a straight line, crossed into the opposite lane, and then over-corrected to the right to re-enter the lane."

The woman's truck rolled, tossing her out of the vehicle and out onto the roadway, where she sustained fatal injuries.

CHP said that Big Springs Road had to be closed down between Quartz Drive and Machado for almost three hours while the investigation and clean-up went on.

"The Yreka California Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone to wear their seat-belts at all times, no matter how short the drive," CHP said. "Seat-belts save lives."

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