Driver fatally ejected, passenger seriously injured in Anderson crash
ANDERSON, Calif., — Authorities say excessive speed on rain-slicked roads led to a fatal rollover accident with ejection in Anderson, just north of Happy Valley, Monday afternoon, Oct. 25.
The driver died at the scene and a passenger was hospitalized after the deadly crash, which happened in the area of Canyon Road and China Gulch Drive, according to California Highway Patrol.
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CHP and other emergency personnel responded to the scene of the crash just before 1 p.m., CHP Sergeant Greg Ross has since reported.
When officials arrived they found an overturned silver sedan on its roof in a gully adjacent the roadway and soon located two victims, including one who had been ejected from the overturned vehicle.
One person was fatally ejected and another was hospitalized after a rollover crash in the area of Canyon Road and China Gulch Drive in Anderson yesterday afternoon. KRCR-TV photos
The ejected victim, believed by CHP to have been the driver, was pronounced deceased at the scene, while the passenger was transported to an area hospital with unspecified injuries since described as moderate.
The name of the victim has not yet been released, pending further investigation and notification of the person’s family.
Ross told KRCR News at the scene that officers who investigated the accident determined that the driver was going too fast for the weather condition and careened off the roadway where it then struck a tree and overturned.
Ross used the opportunity to urge drivers to use extra caution while driving during rain or inclement weather conditions, saying, “With the weather, some of the roadways are still wet from previous rains, so people need to be careful and slow down for the wet roadways.”
CHP’s accident investigation is ongoing.
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