Sacto 9-1-1
July 12, 2013
Jackknifed truck spills beans in Highway 99 collision

Northbound Highway 99 was closed at the Feather River Bridge for more than three hours after a truck and trailer fully loaded with pinto beans jackknifed, spilling the beans over the roadway.

Two people, a Sacramento man and Yuba City woman, were taken by ambulance to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville with minor injuries following the 11:30 a.m. crash that involved four vehicles.

The truck-and-trailer rig, driven by Richard E. Crowe, 57, of Rio Linda, was southbound on Highway 99 entering the Feather River Bridge, when it hit a bump in the roadway, causing the trailer to fishtail, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The truck and trailer then jackknifed in the northbound lane of the bridge, directly into the path of a northbound 1997 Ford Ranger, driven by Michael Fritz, 42, of Sacramento. The collision caused the trailer to detach and travel north in the southbound lane, where it collided with a southbound Honda Civic driven by Kristen Lange, 26, of Yuba City. The collision caused the approximately 2,000 pounds of dry pinto beans to spill all over the roadway.

Crowe's truck came to rest in the southbound lane of the bridge, and Fritz's vehicle came to rest on its roof, blocking the southbound lane. Lange's vehicle came to rest partially in the southbound lane. A fourth vehicle, a Nissan Altima driven by Mariana Chavez, 33, of Sacramento was southbound behind Lange's vehicle and was damaged by flying debris, according to the news release.

Fritz and Lange were transported to the hospital, according to the CHP. Crowe and Chavez were not injured.

Southbound Highway 99 was closed for about 30 minutes. Nothbound traffic was diverted at Powerline Road for about three-and-a-half hours to accommodate cleanup and emergency crews.

The CHP said all parties were wearing seat belts, and neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in the collision.

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