Boulder hits mini-van

Gregory Crofton

A 400-pound rock tumbled onto U.S. Highway 50 Sunday morning and collided with a 1997 white Chrysler minivan.

The minivan was headed west near the top, but on the lake side, of Echo Summit, said California Highway Patrol Officer Earl Boyd.

A 74-year-old woman from Thousand Oaks, Calif., suffered a minor injury to her finger when the rock struck the right-front panel of the minivan. A 72-year-old man behind the wheel, also from Thousand Oaks, was not injured in the wreck.

“I believe it knocked out the drive on the right wheel and the emergency brake was stuck so it had to be towed out,” Boyd said. “It slowed up traffic with the rock on the road and the van not able to move.”

California Department of Transportation workers used a loader to remove the boulder. Boyd said traffic on Highway 50 was confined to one lane for about 45 minutes around 10 a.m. Sunday.

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