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Construction worker airlifted from rollover accident

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Jul 07 2014 09:02:51 PM CDT
WILLOWS, Calif. -

Two men in a pickup rolled six times when the driver for unknown reason veered off the freeway.

The accident shut down one lane of northbound traffic on Interstate 5 south of County Road 60 around noon Monday.

The driver, 24-year-old Martin Santos was injured in the crash and had to be flown to Enloe Medical Center. His co-worker, 28-year-old Vikramteet Singh, was in the passenger seat and he walked away with a just a few scratches.

At 1:30 p.m., the Ford F-150 the men were riding in was moved out of the left lane.

Both men are construction workers from Sacramento heading to a project in Weed. Singh said he was on his phone and noticed Santos drifting off the left side of the freeway going about 70 mph.

Santos then turned the steering wheel sharply to the right, and then jerked to the left rolling the truck six times.

The California Highway Patrol said it all could have been avoided.

"If he would have traveled in the gravel it's nice and flat, he could have brought it on slowly and may have been able to avoid it,” said Officer Robert Woods. “It was a reactive movement."

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The CHP said over-corrected turning is very common in accidents along I-5 in the Northstate. The one lane was shut down for an hour.

Enloe Medical Center said Santos is listed in fair condition.