An accident during the 60th annual Jeepers Jamboree saw two victims being transported by air ambulance Saturday to UC Davis Medical Center.
Rachel Anne Gray, 21, of El Dorado Hills, was traveling on the Rubicon Trail in Placer County, “heading northbound on the trail, near the middle of Cadillac Hill” when she veered off the side of the Road, said Officer Dan Stark of the CHP. The vehicle rolled over multiple times, ejecting Gray and her unidentified male passenger, 34, of Pilot Hill.
The vehicle caught fire, Stark said, which also set fire to the surrounding area. Gray suffered “major injuries” while the passenger suffered “minor injuries,” Stark said.
Rebecca Murphy of the Georgetown Gazette reported that Gray’s vehicle had been traveling uphill when it veered off, possibly as a cause of a vehicle coming downhill. The CHP report listed the accident as only a “solo vehicle” accident.
“Gasoline spewed from the vehicle as it rolled 150-200 feet down the cliff,” Murphy wrote,” in notes brought out of the Rubicon by Chelsea Esposito, publisher Richard Esposito’s daughter, who hiked out. “The woman identified by Stark as Gray had fallen into the gasoline when the vehicle caught fire, causing “the flames (to shoot up) the hill. The flames burned off her clothes and from 70 to 90 percent” of her body, Murphy wrote. Murphy also reported that two males were injured, not one; one had a neck injury, the other had a broken ankle.
The fire forced evacuations of the surrounding area.
A spokesperson from UC Davis Medical Center said that Gray is listed in critical condition.
As a result of the fire and accident most the Jamboree participants spent an extra day in Rubicon Springs before being able to drive out at 7 a.m. Monday