Highway 20 just West of Grass Valley was closed for hours Thursday evening after a sedan and big rig erupted into a fiery crash around 4pm . CHP Officer Marc Morrison was on scene and explains what happened.
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Amy Stapleton, 36, of Grass Valley was the driver of the 1992 Honda. She was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Her condition was not available. The tractor trailer was driven by Bill Brown, 28 of Penn Valley . Brown received just minor injuries when he climbed out of the tractor to escape the fire.
The vehicles burned down to metal and started a 2 acre grass fire on the shoulder of highway 20. Fire officials had the fire out within 40 minutes. Highway 20 was closed in both directions between Ponderosa Road and the Brighton Street over crossing for more than 2 hours while both the fire and the accident scene were cleared.