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Two fatal accidents in two days in Foothills

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Rural communities suffer the same sorts of violent accidents as in any major city, however, the occurrences are often fewer and farther between.

This week in Tuolumne County two motorists have lost their lives in vehicle accidents. The first accident was occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 29th with the identity being release yesterday Jan 30th 2014.

For reasons which have yet to be explained, Grace Alice Doty, a 19 year-old La Grange resident pulled away from a stop sign at Hwy 120 and Sims Rd, near Jamestown,Ca. directly into the path of an unloaded logging truck. The pick-up which Doty was driving was struck in the side, with both Doty's vehicle and Groveland resident, 68 year-old David Wainwright's logging truck winding up in a field.

Doty was trapped in her truck and unresponsive when emergency crews arrived on the scene. Doty was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Wainwright was uninjured in the accident.

At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, another accident occurred on the Hwy 108 bypass in East Sonora, with a head-on collision between a pick-up truck and a sedan. One of the vehicles overturned with a person trapped inside and caught fire. Authorities have confirmed the accident includes a fatality.

No information has yet been released regarding the identities of the drivers involved in today's accident.

With two fatalities in two days, the community is experiencing an unusual spike in traffic related deaths which all of us would happily do without.