Two killed in highway accident |

Two killed in highway accident

A violent accident one mile east of Twin Bridges left two people dead shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to witnesses, the driver of a blue Ford Explorer traveling west on U.S. Highway 50 lost control and flew off the road, landing upside down in the Rocky Creek Culvert.

The woman driving the car and her male passenger where pronounced dead at the scene.

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

The man’s body was still in the car. The woman, despite wearing a seat belt, was thrown through the driver’s-side window.

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

in the still water below.

The woman’s small body, which was lightly covered by the falling snow, showed no signs of injury. But the CHP’s Randy Lacey said, “She was thrown around quite a bit.”

The woman appeared to be in her early 20s.

An El Dorado County firefighter said he was surprised both people were 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 wearing her seat belt received only minor injuries.

Police said the names would not be released until their families had been notified.

Police removed a garment bag and another bag with clothing in it from the car. They speculated that the two people were returning home from a trip.

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