Sacto911 blog logo

Woman, children rescued from burning vehicle following collision near Marysville

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 - 4:55 pm

A Redding woman and three young children were rescued from a burning vehicle Tuesday morning following a collision on Highway 70 north of Marysville.

The crash occurred abut 9:35 a.m. north of Magnolia Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, Jose Maciel, 31, of Yuba City was driving a 1995 Freightliner with two flatbed trailers hauling fruit from orchards to a dryer in north Yuba County. Maciel was southbound on Highway 70, when he activated his turn signal, slowed and prepared for a left turn into a driveway to an orchard. A 2009 Ford F150, driven by 28-year-old Nicole Billmeyer of Redding, was overtaking Maciel’s vehicle and began to pass as the Freightliner was turning across the northbound lane into the driveway, according to a CHP news release.

The Ford truck struck the left front corner of the Freightliner. The collision caused the Ford to overturn and travel off the east roadway shoulder, striking a PG&E pole and causing power lines to fall to the ground. The Ford then caught fire, with three children – ages 5, 4 and 3 – in child seats and the driver inside.

The CHP reported that Maciel removed the three children and driver from the burning vehicle and moved them to an orchard, away from the fire and the downed power lines. Billmeyer and the children suffered minor injuries and were taken to Rideout Memorial Hospital in Marysville for treatment. Maciel was not injured.

Highway 70 was closed for about six hours for cleanup and repairs by the state Department of Transportation and Pacific Gas and Electric

CHP officials credited the use of child safety seats and seat belts with saving lives in the collision.

They also remind motorists traveling in Yuba and Sutter counties to be alert to increased truck traffic on the roadway during the harvest season.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

Read more articles by Cathy Locke

Connect with Sacto911

Sacto911 Archives

Note: The Sacto911 blog switched blog platforms in November 2013. All posts after the switch are found here. Older posts are available using the list below.

Sacramento Bee Job listing powered by
Quick Job Search
Sacramento Bee Jobs »
Used Cars
Dealer and private-party ads


Price Range:
Search within:
miles of ZIP

Advanced Search | 1982 & Older