Motorist installing chains hit by sliding car |

Motorist installing chains hit by sliding car

A San Anselmo, Calif., woman was severely injured Tuesday while stopped at the side of U.S. Highway 50 near Camp Sacramento.

Virginia Woodbrown had been traveling west, but was removing chains from the trunk of her Ford Contour shortly after 2 p.m. when another car crashed into her and then into her car.

David Terris of Los Altos, Calif., was driving west when he lost control of his Ford Explorer, the rear end of which hit Woodbrown, breaking her back, according to Robert Bunn of the California Highway Patrol.

Woodbrown was admitted to Barton Memorial Hospital where she was listed in stable condition.

The accident is still under investigation but Bunn suspects Terris was traveling too fast for conditions.

“It was extremely slick and just prior to when chain controls went up,” Bunn said.

The storm developed oddly, according to Bunn, who said the road was dangerous at lower elevations but that the pavement was bare at the summit.

Woodbrown’s 3-year-old daughter was sitting in a car seat at the time of the accident and was uninjured. Terris was traveling with his wife and three children, none of whom were injured.

The CHP responded to at least two other minor accidents but no further information was available Tuesday.

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