Woman dies in fiery crash on Jackson Road

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Debris from the accident included a boat and the wreckage of the motor home.

A woman died and two men were injured in a two-car crash that ignited a grass fire on Jackson Road east of the South Gate Wednesday afternoon.  One injured man was transported to Rancho Murieta Airport and life-flighted out to a hospital and a third was taken to the hospital by ambulance.  Jackson Road was closed to through traffic for more than four hours.

CHP spokesperson Jasper Begay said at the scene that the accident occurred about 12:30 p.m., when an eastbound motor home, pulling a trailer, was hit head-on by a pickup driven westbound by a male 18 or 19 years old.  The pickup swerved into the other lane for unknown reasons, Begay said.

Sac Metro Assistant Chief Walt White identified the person fatally injured as the female occupant of the motor home.  The male occupant of that vehicle was transported by ambulance.  The driver of the pickup was flown out, according to White.

White said a black lab dog was rescued from the motor home.

The occupants of the motor home were part of a caravan of four couples returning from a salmon fishing outing in Bodega Bay, according to members of the group who waited with their parked vehicles at the scene.

The couple involved in the accident is from Pioneer, a member of the group said, and were “four or five minutes” ahead of the rest of the group when the accident happened. When they arrived at the scene, a group member said, the husband was out of the vehicle with the couple’s dog, and the driver of the pick-up truck was still in his vehicle.

Fire equipment and a helicopter battled the blaze.  The grass fire was brought under control around 1:30 p.m. The accident scene was visible from homes and the South Course.

For a time, firefighters were concerned about a leaking propane tank from one of the vehicles.

An earlier report here mistakenly said the accident occurred on Jackson Road between the gates.

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Raymond Webber
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Accident details

The CHP information website is listing this accident location east of the South gate. It is also indicating a motorhome is involved as well as a white Toyota pickup and a fire has resulted which has now spread to a large grass fire. The website is now also listing this as a fatality, sadly.

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We're on the scene of the accident and fire on Jackson Road but are being held back because of safety concerns.  If you managed to get a photo of the accident that you want to share, please email it to editor@ranchomurieta.com.  Thank you.

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It looks really bad

 one fatality, one critical, grass fire...

Don't know if this will link right, found this:

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Video online

Sac Metro Assistant Chief Walt White, the department's public information officer, has posted video online -- http://yfrog.com/9ewyzkuraiekpnowjclrwtknz .

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Need more clarification on actual location

I sure hope the kid driving the pickup that drifted into oncoming traffic isn't found to have been texting or Facebooking when this occured, unlike the deadly head on accident that occured a couple weeks ago in Woodland involving a pickup and UCP bus. KOVR 13 indicates the victim that died as a 63 year old woman and the driver of the motorhome as a 69 year old male. What a horrible chain of events thats occured out there today. Was this actually between the two gates in that stretch also known as dead mans curve...or was this east of the south gate as the CHP website indicated?

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So terrible

My husband called to check on me because he thought I was going to the vet in Plymouth.  He was on 14 South and said they could see it on the other side of the fence and the fire was so intense they thought it was a structure fire until they got around to 14.  He said it was really horrific.  So sad for everyone involved.

I can tell you it's a very odd feeling to be playing golf at the same time events like this are going on within eyesight, though there were numerous knowledgeable personnel on the scene by the time he saw it.  You want to do something to help, but there's nothing you can do.  The professionals have it well in hand.

Years ago we were staying in Graeagle when a forest fire erupted off Hwy 70.  By the next morning we knew we weren't getting evacuated - in fact, the firefighters camp was set up on about the 6th fairway of what was then the Prep School course - so we played anyway.  That day we played the Prep School where the Nickster hit a drive into a fire fighter's tent  that had been pitched next to the fairway - not on purpose, of course, and we couldn't quite figure out why the golf course was open considering location of the fire fighter's camp.  The next day we played Plumas Pines with the Boraid (sp?) bombers overhead, the helicopters dipping water out of the river and ash drifting down.   It felt wrong in a way, but at the same time life was still going on in Blairsden and Graeagle as if there weren't a big forest fire a couple of miles away.  I'll never forget how conflicted I felt.

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Thank you for photos

The photo with this story was shared by a reader, and we thank you.  Ten of you stepped up to volunteer photos, and we're grateful to you all.

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Here are photos of Wednesday's car crash submitted by RM.com readers.

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More of your photos

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Identify of woman killed in crash

The Bee followed up on Wednesday's crash and identifies the woman who died as Janis Anita Lankford, 62, of Pioneer, Amador County.

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