Two Hospitalized In Shasta County Wrecks

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Two women are in the hospital after two separate incidents within minutes of each other - a D.U.I. rollover crash and an accident involving a big rig.

California Highway Patrol officers say alcohol was a factor in a rollover crash that shut down a major Redding off ramp just before 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses tell us an older model Ford S.U.V. was heading eastbound on Highway 44 at the Victor Avenue off ramp when it swerved, over corrected, and flipped over, coming to rest on its side.

Officers tell us one of the passengers, Nicole Johnson, 26, of Redding was ejected and taken to the hospital with major injuries. She was not wearing a seat belt.

Investigators gave the driver of that S.U.V., Marlon Wright, 30, of Oakland, a breathalyzer test at the scene, then arrested him for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Two other people in the S.U.V. were not hurt.

Meanwhile - in Cottonwood, investigators were working the scene of an accident involving a big rig and a pedestrian.

Officers tell us Gregory Gross, 56, of Yuba City and his girlfriend, Deronda Harris, 50, of Yuba City were in the big rig which had pulled up next to a service station on Fourth Street.

That's when we're told Harris got out and walked in front of one of the rear axles. Investigators say Gross apparently thought Harris had gone inside the service station and pulled the big rig forward, running Harris over.

She was taken to Mercy Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

No charges have been filed.

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