Two injured in Sunday I-5 rollover near Castella

Richard DuPertuis
California Highway Patrol officers clean up the scene of a single-car crash at the Castella exit on I-5 Sunday morning. Officers said an Oregon couple suffered minor injuries after their car left the freeway, spun in the dirt, and plowed through about 50 feet of guard rail support timbers. At the end of the trail of shredded wood, it flipped over the rail back onto the freeway, coming to rest upside down in the slow lane. The driver and passenger were transported to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta.  Photo by Richard DuPertuis

A couple from Oregon survived a spectacular single-car accident about 10:30 Sunday morning. Their car drifted off the freeway, hit the backside of the guard rail, flipped over it and came to rest upside down in the slow lane, according to CHP officers. They reported the driver and his passenger suffered minor injuries and were transported to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta.

CHP Officer Brian Hoskins said the passenger, Virginia Booth, complained of pain in the ribs.

He said a 2000 Chrysler Concord driven southbound on I-5 by Charles Booth of Oregon left the freeway after passing the Castle Crags exit ramp in Castella. The car went sideways in the dirt behind a guard rail, its nose hitting boards supporting the rail. The impact sheared off about 50 feet of support timbers, leaving a trail of wood strewn in the dirt and street.

Hoskins said the car spun counter-clockwise as it plowed through the supports. Near a full 360, the car flipped over the railing and back onto the freeway, coming to rest upside down, pointed southward.

“When we arrived he was out of the car,” said CHP Officer Jason Workman, referring to the driver. “We required medical personnel to get her out.”

He said no alcohol or drugs were involved in the accident.