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Deadwood Crash Sends Pregnant Woman To Hospital

OAKHURST — A two-vehicle crash on Highway 41 south of Oakhurst this morning sent a pregnant woman to the hospital and shut down both lanes for over 30 minutes.

Just before 10 a.m., a southbound tour bus was about halfway up Deadwood approaching the old building on the east side of the road, when it stalled in the southbound lane.

A 68-year-old woman from Coarsegold in a Dodge Dakota was behind the bus, which was blocking the lane in a sweeping corner, and decided to go around it in the northbound lane, according to CHP.

A Ford Fiesta was northbound at the same location, and was hit nearly head-on by the pickup as it came around the bus.

The two vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes of Highway 41, and the roadway was shut down.

The driver of the Ford was a 28-year-old woman from North Fork, who was 8 months pregnant, according to CHP. She had complaints of stomach pain and was transported to a Valley hospital for evaluation.

There were no passengers in either vehicle, and the tour bus did not appear to have suffered any damage in the incident.

CHP, Madera County Sheriff, Cal Fire and Madera County Fire all responded, and Caltrans cleaned up the fluid that had leaked across the roadway.

Traffic was back up for miles northbound, and was turned around southbound at Victoria Lane as the scene was cleared.

A large tanker truck that used 425B as a detour became a problem on the narrow, winding road, and CHP had to send a unit to provide traffic control so the truck could navigate the tight turns without causing another collision.

Highway 41 was reopened in both directions by about 10:30 a.m.

The accident remains under investigation.

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