Elderly Woman killed in Hwy 50 crash between El Dorado Hills Blvd & Bass Lake rd
On Thursday, a woman was killed in a crash on westbound Highway 50 after the car she was riding in was struck from behind, police said. The crash was reported at 2:50 p.m., just east of El Dorado Hills Boulevard, near Bass Lake.
Bill, a driver caught in the traffic wrote, "Just past them on other side of 50 coming home to Bass Lake. It looks like 2 cars accordioned just before EDH heading West. Very nasty, pray that they survived, though I don't know how. Traffic backed up for miles and miles and getting worse. I'd take Green Valley to Folsom if I needed to go that way."
Officer Quinn Cuthbertson of the California Highway Patrol said a couple in a silver 2014 Honda Civic were in the slow lane, traveling about 20 mph with their emergency flashers on, when a maroon 2000 Toyota Tacoma pickup struck the rear of their vehicle. Wesley Rickard, 79, of Rancho Murieta, was driving his silver 2014 Honda Civic in the No. 3 lane westbound on Highway 50 east of El Dorado Hills Boulevard in El Dorado Hills at about 25 mph with his hazard lights on, a CHP press release states. Cuthbertson said the passenger, Paulette Rickard, 76, of Rancho Murieta, passenger of the Civic, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver of the Honda, a man, suffered critical injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
The driver and sole occupant of the pickup,Britt Barber, 56, of Placerville, was driving his maroon 2000 Toyota Tacoma in the same lane at about 65 mph, approaching the Civic. He attempted to stop and locked the brakes of the truck. The front of the truck struck the rear of the Civic. Britt Barber sustained minor injuries.
The front of the truck struck the rear of the Civic. The Civic traveled, out of control, across all the lanes of traffic, striking the concrete k-rail divider. The Tacoma struck the concrete k-rail on the north shoulder of the highway.
A local commuter, Kasey, drove past the accident in the clean-up phase and wrote, "CHP still on scene. Took us 40 min from bass lake to EDH blvd exit."
All lanes of Highway 50 had reopened by about 5 p.m.