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July 9, 2013

Two hurt when car leaves road, crashes into fence near Jamestown

An 18-year-old man from Jamestown suffered minor injuries and his 79-year-old passenger sustained major injuries in a single-car accident on Highway 49 on Monday.

An 18-year-old man from Jamestown suffered minor injuries and his 79-year-old passenger sustained major injuries in a single-car accident on Highway 49 on Monday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident was reported at 8:55 a.m. near High School Road southwest of Jamestown.

Lucas Shelton was driving a 1992 Buick north on Highway 49 at about 55 mph when, according to police, he made an unsafe turning movement and lost control.

The Buick went off the right side of the road and became airborne, hitting a dirt hillside before smashing into a barbed-wire fence and turning onto its left side.

Shelton got out of the car on his own. Witnesses helped passenger Val Lauber from the car. Shelton suffered a cut to his left hand and was taken to Sonora Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Lauber suffered major injuries and was taken to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto.

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