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‘A little luck’: Driver survives dramatic Highway 12 collision that mangled car, CHP says

Emergency personnel responded to a major collision rigs and two other vehicles Monday morning near the Rio Vista Bridge, according to California Highway Patrol.
Emergency personnel responded to a major collision rigs and two other vehicles Monday morning near the Rio Vista Bridge, according to California Highway Patrol.

Highway 12 has fully reopened following a dramatic collision involving two big rigs and two other vehicles Monday morning, according to California Highway Patrol and the Rio Vista Fire Department.

The incident was reported just after 9:30 a.m. on Highway 12 east of Highway 160. One involved vehicle was stuck under a big-rig trailer, and one pickup truck was overturned, according to CHP’s traffic incident log.

A “mass casualty incident” was declared for the collision, the Rio Vista Fire Department said in social media posts about 10:15 a.m., and CHP initially reported there were major injuries.

However, shortly after 11 a.m., CHP’s Golden Gate Division Air Operations posted photos on social media showing a mangled car that had become trapped under one of the trucks. A 49-year-old woman was rescued from the wreckage after a “lengthy” extrication and transported to the hospital, but suffered only moderate injuries, CHP said in a statement accompanying the photos.

“Seatbelts, airbags, and a little luck saved this driver...” CHP’s post continued.

Injuries to all other involved parties were minor, CHP said in an update to its incident log.

The collision initially closed all lanes of Highway 12 at Jackson Slough Road, where an air ambulance helicopter landed at about 10 a.m., according to CHP and the Rio Vista Fire Department. Ground ambulances and tow trucks were also dispatched.

The highway was reopened and clear as of 11:45 a.m.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.

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