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Driver Badly Hurt in Crash North of Calistoga

The driver was trapped inside the pickup, California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Ramos said. “CalFire crews had to extricate him.” Highway 29 was closed for about an hour Tuesday following the 5:45 p.m. crash.

A Middletown man suffered major injuries when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving on Highway 29, north of Calistoga around

The carsh closed Highway 29 in both direction for about an hour.

Around 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Ramos said.

Matthew Hollibaugh, 24, was driving a 1989 Toyota pickup over a bridge northbound on Highway 29, north of Palisades Road when he drifted to the right and struck the side of the bridge, Ramos said.

The pickup continued over the bridge, Ramos said, adding, Hollibaugh was not able to gain control of his vehicle.

The pickup then went over a creek, overturned and slammed into a stone pillar of a gate in front of a residence, Ramos said.

Hollibaugh was trapped inside the pickup, he said. “CalFire crews had to extricate him.”

The victim suffered major injuries and was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Ramos said.

Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor in the crash, Ramos said.

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