San Andreas, CA – A rear-end collision caused a three-vehicle, chain reaction crash during the morning drive hours that sent a Railroad Flat woman to the hospital.
According to the police report, Wednesday around 9:45 a.m., Russell Montgomery, 58, of Valley Springs, had been headed south in a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze that he was piloting at about 40 miles-per-hour just north of Fourth Crossing Road. Directly ahead of him was Ann Dillon, 43, of Railroad Flat, driving a 2015 Chevrolet 2500. In front of her, Dennis Caywood, 68, of Valley Springs, was behind the wheel of a 2005 Ford F250.
As California Highway Patrol (CHP) San Andreas Unit spokesperson Officer Toby Butzler explains it, an uninvolved vehicle, which stopped ahead of Caywood to make a left turn onto Fourth Crossing Road, served as a catalyst for what followed. Providing more details he continues, “The two vehicles that were behind it were able to come to a complete stop. Unfortunately, the last vehicle did not see soon enough that the vehicles were stopped. When [the driver] did, he did apply his brakes…but…hit the rear vehicle, which then pushed that into the [one] in front of it.”
Butzler reports that Dillon, the middle driver, was the only driver hurt although all three vehicles were damaged by the multiple collisions. Initially taken to Mark Twain Medical Center, she was transferred to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for minor to moderate injuries. Although no one was cited at the scene and alcohol and/or drugs are not considered a factor in the crash, he says the investigation is ongoing.