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Area Drivers Hurt In San Andreas Crash

Calaveras County firefighters and emergency crews had to use the jaws of life to free several motorists trapped in their vehicles yesterday after a serious accident on Highway 49 near the Calaveras County Airport.

The CHP says 21 year-old Nicole Schock of San Andreas was headed north on Highway 49 and allowed her ´98 Chrysler Sebring to drift off the roadway edge. When she overcorrected, the car went into the on-coming lane of traffic colliding with an Izuzu Trooper driven by 37 year-old Leanne Smith of Vallecito.

Two air ambulances were called in to transport Smith and her 32 year-old passenger Barbara Dinsmore of Mtn. Ranch to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. A third passenger in the Trooper, 57 year-old Paula Madsen of San Andreas was taken to Mark Twain, St. Josephs hospital. Schock suffered minor injuries in the crash first reported just after 1 p.m..

The roadway — about 3.5-miles south of San Andreas — was completely blocked, and traffic backed up in the area between Angels Camp and San Andreas.