A 2010 Freightliner truck loaded with lumber failed to stop for a roadwork and collided with a Ford F450, said the California Highway Patrol on Friday.
At about 10:55 AM fire and police personnel were dispatched to a traffic collision on Highway 20 just east of Walnut Drive.
“Traffic on westbound Highway 20 was stopped for construction work that was being completed and the driver of the freightliner failed to see traffic stopped in front of him,” said Officer John Waggoner of the California Highway Patrol. “He was unable to stop safely in the westbound lane and turned to the left into the eastbound lane directly in the path of the F450.”
As a result the vehicles collided head.
The driver of the freightliner was identified as Mel Goetting, 35 of Shasta Lake, California and was uninjured. The driver of the F450 was identified as Donald Samson, 38 of Woodland, CA was transported by air ambulance with moderate injuries.
“Traffic on Highway 20 was reduced to just one lane for approximately an hour until the roadway could be cleared,” said Waggoner.
Waggoner added that both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time of the collision and it does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor in this collision.■