One dead in Highway 49 crash near Auburn

Driver's vehicle seen fishtailing before traveling into oncoming traffic
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - One person died in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning on Highway 49 near Lonestar Road in Placer County. The woman victim, described as in her 60s, was northbound on Highway 49 driving a Subaru Outback when it was seen fishtailing and then crossing into oncoming traffic lanes, California Highway Patrol Officer Dave Montijo said. The woman, whose identity had not been released by noon by the Placer County Coroner's Office, was pronounced dead at the scene minutes after the car collided with the front of a stakebed truck that was traveling south and in the slow lane. The woman was pulled from the car by passersby and a fire in the vehicle was put out within five minutes. Anthony Savelly, 59, of Grass Valley, was identified as driver of the Freightliner truck. A stakebed truck is a flatbed, with stakes on the side to hold in loads. There were no other occupants of either vehicle, Montijo said. Savelly was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major injuries, including a broken sternum and ribs. The Subaru was northbound at an undetermined rate of speed before the crash, Montijo said. The two-vehicle crash was reported at 8:16 a.m. Highway 49 is five lanes at the turn just south of the Lonestar Road intersection. The crash took place about a quarter of a mile south of the crossroads, which has been the scene of numerous fatal and injury crashes over the past several years. The investigation was continuing into the cause of the crash, Montijo said.