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Solo Crash Sends Driver to Hospital, Shuts Down Hwy. 29

“The thick vegetation made it difficult to get to the vehicle,” Fire Capt. Steve Becker said. “We had to cut away a lot of the vegetation and then use the Jaws of Life to remove the driver.”

A single vehicle rollover sent a Napa driver to the hospital and closed northbound Highway 29 during Tuesday evening rush hour.

About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mary Constantas, 62, was traveling north on Highway 29, just north of the Old Sonoma Road overpass, when she made an unsafe turn and her 1999 Toyota Corolla left the roadway, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Ramos.

The Toyota rolled, skidded down the embankment and came to rest in the thick bushes along the roadside, according to Napa Fire Capt. Steve Becker.

“The thick vegetation made it difficult for (firefighters) to get to the vehicle,” Becker said. “We had to cut away a lot of the vegetation and then use the Jaws of Life to remove the  driver.”

A battalion chief, two engines and the truck were dispatched to the scene, he added.

Constantas suffered minor to moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Becker said.

The northbound lane of the highway was closed for some time while crews removed the wrecked Toyota and other debris from the roadway.

At this time neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to have played a part in the crash, the CHP said.

MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 19, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Great job NFD
Mary Constantas December 22, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Yes, thank you NFD and paramedics......you are awesome. Special thanks to paramedic Anthony, who talked to me the whole time they were trying to get me out. Bless you all.

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