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Cell phone blamed for highway crash

By From page A7 | February 13, 2013

A Woodland motorist collided with a vehicle protecting a construction crew Monday on Highway 113, a crash that California Highway Patrol officers are blaming on cell phone distraction.

John P. Bledsoe, 64, was driving a Hyundai northbound near County Road 27 at about 1:30 p.m. and failed to notice he was approaching a crew that was striping a newly refurbished portion of the roadway, CHP Officer Bryan Konvalin said. Bledsoe’s car struck an attenuator — or crash cushion — attached to the rear of a slow-moving Sterling Caterpillar truck.

Both vehicles sustained major damage, and Bledsoe was taken to a Vacaville hospital with complaints of pain, Konvalin said. The driver of the construction truck, 27-year-old Jaime Ruiz of Elk Grove, refused medical aid at the scene.

Lauren Keene

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