Crash victims identified |

Crash victims identified

Bradley Foster

The victims of an accident Tuesday on U.S. Highway 50 have been identified.

West Sacramento residents James Morgan, 63, and Marylee Morgan, 60, died when their 1993 Ford Explorer spun and left the road, landing upside down in a culvert, one mile west of Twin Bridges.

Both were wearing seat belts.

“The car was traveling between 45 and 50 mph in slushy, icy conditions,” said California Highway Patrol spokesman Lee Anderle. “Their car left the road backwards, flipped over the embankment and came to rest in Rocky Creek.”

The creek runs through a ravine that wraps around a large rock outcropping and continues into the woods. The airborne car landed on the far side of the outcropping, which juts into the stream 15 feet from the roadway.

California Highway Patrol officers found the car obscured by broken trees and heavy snow.

The man’s body was still in the car, but the woman was thrown through the driver side window.

A tow truck was required to lift the car off the woman, who was pinned

in the still water below.

An El Dorado County firefighter said he was surprised both people where killed. He said he had seen worse accidents in which people wearing seat belts survived.

On Dec. 27, a car landed upside down on the banks of the American River after colliding with another vehicle. A passenger who was wearing her seat belt received only minor injuries.

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