FAIRFIELD — A head-on crash during the Wednesday afternoon rush hour commute on Highway 12 in the Jameson Canyon killed one person and seriously injured three other people.
Three cars were involved in the 5:45 p.m. crash that left one car in a ditch and another car so seriously damaged that the car’s engine was slammed into the passenger compartment.
A doctor who drove past the crash scene stopped and tried to provide first aid to the most seriously injured crash victim. With the victim lying on the ground, the doctor performed CPR while CHP dispatchers ordered a pair of air ambulances to fly to the crash scene.
One of the air ambulances was canceled after the victim died. The second air ambulance flew another crash victim to the John Muir Medical Center. A pair of ambulances each took an injured crash victim to hospitals in the area.
Identities of the crash victims were not available.
Shortly after California Highway Patrol officers arrived on the crash scene, Highway 12 was shut down to traffic both at the junction of Interstate 80 and in Napa County at the junction of Highway 29.
After more than an hour, Highway 12 was reopened to one-way controlled traffic. Both lanes were not reopened until after 8 p.m.
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