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Car crashes into big rig, injuring Cambria woman

A big-rig collided with a car on Highway 1 south of Harmony on Monday, July 18. The driver of the truck was not injured. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Read more » | Photo submitted by Chris Coronado
A big-rig collided with a car on Highway 1 south of Harmony on Monday, July 18. The driver of the truck was not injured. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Read more » | Photo submitted by Chris Coronado

A Cambria woman was in critical but stable condition today in an intensive care unit after the car she was driving collided with a semitrailer about 2 miles south of Harmony on Monday.

Anna Hernandez, 27, was headed north around 5:30 p.m. when the Volkswagen Passat she was driving ran into an Oak Harbor Freight Lines semitrailer headed south.

One of the vehicles apparently crossed over the center line, CHP Officer Russell Deases said. “They hit each other at the truck’s front left,” near the back wheels of the truck and the front of the trailer.

Hernandez was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with what were described as moderate injuries. Her 5-year-old son, who had been in the car’s back seat, didn’t appear injured, although he did have some chest bruises from the impact, according to Deases.

The truck driver, Ronald Rankin, 48, of Templeton, apparently wasn’t hurt. The two-axle tractor had been hauling a nearly empty 28-foot trailer.

Both lanes of Highway 1 were closed for about 45 minutes as emergency crews extricated Hernandez from her car. Traffic was allowed to pass through a single lane at times until the highway fully reopened about 8:15 p.m.

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