Fleeing scene of crash, woman’s car soars over freeway overpass & through double set of power lines
YUBA CITY, Calif. — Dramatic and “truly wild” footage of what has been described as a spectacular crash in Sutter County’s Yuba City has emerged after a woman crashed her vehicle while fleeing the scene of another crash that occurred on Highway 99 last week.
The woman reportedly fled the wrong way down a freeway onramp before the secondary crash sent her car soaring 50 feet in the air over a steep embankment – completely clearing the overpass below and “threading the needle” through a set of multiple power lines, before crashing back down on a road that runs adjacent the highway, along the City’s north end.
The crash was captured on several cameras, including stationary surveillance cameras at a nearby business and a dash-camera mounted in another motorist’s vehicle. Footage showed the woman was traveling an estimated 80 to 100 miles per hour on a street with a posted 25 mph speed limit when the second accident sent her car catapulting end over end before coming to rest upside down on the opposite side of the freeway overpass.
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In one of those videos, which have since gone viral and have been shared world-wide, a family driving on E. Onstott Road can be heard screaming in shocked horror when they were nearly struck by the vehicle, after it soared over the embankment and onto the roadway directly in front of them. Their video also showed the driver whose vehicle was nearly struck running to the aid of the driver, who sustained only minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol.
Footage of the crash, which has since been shared throughout the North State region and beyond, as well as across numerous social media platforms, showed the crash from at least three different angles, including two surveillance cameras at Mechanical and Irrigation Solutions.
Although grainy, that footage showed the woman’s vehicle pass the business while traveling southbound on E. Onstott Road approaching a 90 degree left turn at Pease Road at very high speed. Another angle from the business showed the woman, whose name has not been released, failed to negotiate the sharp, 90 degree curve in the roadway and her vehicle continued up the steep embankment leading to the Pease Road overpass. Her car can then be seen soaring high into the air, where it somehow managed to miss two sets of three power lines – a total of six.
Video footage captured by a family’s dashboard mounted camera showed a Toyota soaring through the air, somehow narrowly avoiding a double set of power lines – both above and below, before crashing back down onto the roadway below. Sacramento CBS13 images
In the other video, which was captured on a family’s dash-mounted camera as they drove northbound on E. Onstott Road toward Pease Road, footage showed the white Toyota soaring over the steep embankment and completely clearing the Pease Road overpass, before crashing back down, nose-first, onto E. Onstott Road on the opposite side of the other roadway and overpass.
As the car then overturns – end over end several times – launching vehicle parts and debris across the entire roadway, footage showed the shocked family immediately calling 911 before running to the aid of the driver. The woman eventually managed to crawl, virtually uninjured, from her wreck, smoking, and overturned sedan.
The car then sits there in the roadway, upside down, billowing heavy smoke and steam as the video, (which can be viewed in the first video below), continues.
Although she reportedly did not suffer any significant injuries, the woman was taken to an area hospital where she was treated. She was released just a few hours later, according to various reports and sources.
California Highway Patrol has since reported the woman had just been involved in a hit-and-run moments earlier and was attempting to flee the area when the second accident occurred. CHP also reported that intoxication was not believed to be a factor in the minor injury crash.
Brian Conejo, who works at Mechanical and Irrigation Solutions where footage of the crash was captured, later described seeing the crash on the business’s security cameras, telling Sacramento’s CBS13, ““It’s pretty crazy to see someone flying through the air.”
Conejo, who said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he showed up for work that morning and reviewed the business’s camera footage, (which can be viewed in the second video below), estimated the fleeing vehicle “was probably doing 80 to 100 miles per hour in a 25 zone,” and opined, “Probably caught like 50 feet of air, I’d say.”
“On camera, we got to see the person actually beating the cars down the freeway,” Conejo explained.
“They came flying straight through here. There’s a really hard left-hand turn up here,” he said of the location where the crash occurred. “They failed to make that turn, just kept going straight and literally went flying over the whole overpass.”
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“The woman behind the wheel survived, but that’s not the only miracle,” Sacramento’s CBS13 described after the crash; continuing that Conejo went on to say, “It looks like they pretty much threaded the needle between the power lines.”
“It could have been so much worse,” Conejo continued; citing the potential fire danger if the live power lines had been knocked down onto the dry grass and open fields below.
“We would have lost power, it probably would have started a fire in all that dead grass. It could have been a lot worse for them I’m sure,” Conejo explained.
CHP has not said if the woman was arrested or charged with the initial hit and run or if she faced any other charges related to the two crashes.
Footage showed a woman was fleeing southbound on E. Onstott Road away from the scene of a collision on the nearby 99 Freeway when she soared up and over the Pease Road overpass, before crashing back down onto the other side of E. Onstott, on the opposite side of the roadway overpass. Google Earth image
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The woman behind the wheel was taken to a nearby hospital, and not only did she survive, but she walked out of that hospital with only minor injuries.