Drivers hurt in crash north of Oakdale; children uninjured

06/17/2014 7:04 PM

06/17/2014 7:05 PM

A two-vehicle crash Tuesday closed a stretch of Valley Home Road north of Oakdale when both vehicles hit power poles.

The two drivers suffered minor injuries, and two children in one of the vehicles were not hurt.

Oakdale resident Adi Wedegaertner, 36, was driving north on Valley Home Road near Lambuth Avenue about 1 p.m. when for unknown reasons her GMC Yukon drifted into oncoming traffic, said California Highway Patrol Officer Don Davis.

The left front side of the Yukon collided with the left side of a GMC Sierra pickup in the southbound lane driven by 36-year-old Juan Garcia-Zepeda of Oakdale.

The impact sheared off wheels on both vehicles and sent them into separate power poles.

The pole hit by the Sierra was severed, and live electrical wires were scattered throughout the scene, Davis said.

Pacific Gas & Electric was called to shut off power before rescue crews could get to Wedegaertner, who remained in the Yukon for unknown reasons.

She did, however, tell her children, ages 7 and 9, to get out of the vehicle, which Davis said was a dangerous move.

“Stay in your car if you have taken down a utility pole because you can get electrocuted by the power lines,” he said. “Unless the vehicle is on fire, stay in your vehicle, because you have a degree of protection inside the vehicle.”

Garcia-Zepeda also got out of his vehicle.

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