Fatal Accident in Amador County Kills Unidentified Man 

Two vehicles collided head-on near Drytown in Amador County on Wednesday morning, November 17th. 

Per reports, the fatal collision occurred just after 5 a.m. on Highway 49. 

28-year-old Jeanne Raines was heading northbound in her Toyota when a man driving a Honda southbound collided with her. 

According to reports, the Honda crossed the double yellow lines and crashed into the oncoming Toyota on the northbound side. 

Due to the impact, the Honda spun out of control and crashed into a tree. 

Sadly, the male driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Additionally, Raines sustained minor injuries in the collision. 

Police also shut down the northbound lanes of the Highway temporarily pending investigation and cleanup. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

Head-on collisions are without a doubt the most dangerous types of crashes. They may only account for 2% of accidents, however they make up 10% of all deadly crashes. 

The Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) has found that: 

  • 75% of head-on crashes happen in rural areas
  • They are most common on two-lane highways
  • Failure in negotiating a curve on the road causes 23% of all fatal head-on collisions
  • 58% of head-on collisions result in a fatality

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