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CHP Incident: Icy Conditions Contribute to Highway 36 Collision

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

A Clear Creek man and two Westwood residents were involved in a collision west of Fredonyer Summit on Highway 36 Friday morning. Both drivers received minor injuries while a 4-year old passenger in one of the vehicles escaped uninjured.

According to details provided by the Susanville Office of the California Highway Patrol, a Ford F250 driven by 77-year old Clear Creek resident Roderick Twain was eastbound on the highway west of the Snowmobile Park at around 50-mph.

At the same time 35-year old Westwood resident Jessica Compton and her 4-year old son were driving in a Toyota Tundra westbound at around 35-40mph.

“Due to the icy roadway conditions, coupled with his unsafe speed for the roadway conditions, Twain lost control of his vehicle and slid into eastbound traffic lane,” explains CHP Public Information Officer Kristin Wilburn.

Compton observed him ‘fishtailing’ into her lane. She attempted to turn to the right, but was unable to avoid a collision.

“Fo11unately,” said Wilburn, “passenger Compton did not receive any injuries! He was properly secured in his child safety seat in the right rear of the Toyota Tundra! Good job mom!”

The CHP is reminding everyone that it is the season for icy roadway conditions in the mountainous areas, even when it’s sunny! Be sure to slow down, buckle up and never drink and drive!

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