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Ranchos vehicle fire under investigation

Staff Reports

The fire that claimed a 2000 Escalade on Saturday night is under investigation by East Fork and Douglas County authorities.

The fire was reported around 7 p.m. near Rocky Terrace in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Witnesses reported several explosions, according to East Fork Fire Investigator Capt. Terry Taylor.

"There are a boatload of airbags in the vehicle and pressurized gas containers under the hood," Taylor said.

As firefighters were extinguishing the blaze, Taylor said Douglas dispatch received a phone call from the vehicle's owner reporting it stolen from the Smith's parking lot in Gardnerville.

The vehicle was worth $12,000, Taylor said.

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Anyone with information regarding the fire is asked to contact Douglas County Sheriff's Investigator Sgt. Jim Halsey at 782-9905 or Secret Witness at 782-7463.

■ A Sonora, Calif., woman received moderate injuries in a head-on accident on Highway 395 south of Sonora Junction on Friday evening.

Carrie Erickson, 56, was northbound in a 2013 Hyundai when she allowed her vehicle to cross the double yellow lines and into the path of a 2001 Toyota, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both vehicles sustained major damage in the accident, which was reported at about 7:03 p.m.

Mono County deputies and paramedics responded to the accident.

Erickson was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center in Gardnerville, where she was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno.

The driver of the Toyota, James Reeves, 74, of Oakland, Ore., received cuts and bruises, and a leg injury in the accident. He declined medical treatment at the scene. His passenger, Shirley Reeves, 73, was unhurt.

Erickson was allegedly under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the accident occurred. She was arrested before she was released for treatment.

The Reeves were given a ride by CHP officers to Gardnerville so they could rent a vehicle and return home.

■ A couple received non-life threatening injuries after the man drove a red Corvette through a fence at about 5 p.m. Friday.

The accident occurred along the east side of Highway 395 just south of the intersection with Stephanie Way.

The man, reported to be in his 50s, received facial injuries in the accident, but refused treatment.

Douglas deputies, East Fork medics and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to the accident.

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