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.