Traffic Accident

An Ione woman was killed on Tuesday morning, November 10 after the car she was driving on a dangerous stretch of California State Route 299 East near Ingot was crushed by hay bales that fell from a big rig.

California Highway Patrol reported that around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 10, a westbound tractor-trailer hauling a large load of 1,200-pound hay bales was attempting to negotiate a set of curves along a winding stretch of the two-lane mountain highway – between Sugar Pine Camp and Oak Run roads, about 1½ miles east of Ingot – when six of the large bales shifted and fell off the truck.

According to CHP, the falling hay bales landed on an eastbound Honda Civic being driven by 52-year-old Elizabeth Marcia Chick of Ione, sending hay and vehicle debris in every direction. The impact crushed the Honda Civic, causing Chick’s vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic, where it then struck another vehicle. Two other cars then crashed into the hay bales as well as Chick’s vehicle and debris left from the initial collision.

Chick was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency personnel.