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Labor Day accidents leave three injured

SHERRY MAYS

Labor Day weekend accidents left three motorists seriously injured and one pilot shaken in three separate incidents, and according to officials a car-sized boulder that rolled onto Interstate 80 Saturday surprisingly did not up the statistics.

Westbound Interstate 80 was closed for several hours Saturday while crews cleared a Volkswagon-sized rock from the road, two miles west of Floriston. The obstacle caused no accidents or vehicle damage.

The highway was again closed Sunday when a Roseville woman was seriously injured in a single vehicle accident on eastbound Interstate 80 just east of the Farad off ramp Saturday afternoon.

Madeline Beacham, 38, broke both of her legs after the Chevy Astrovan, driven by her husband Randall, 44, left the north side of the highway, ran into a ditch and flipped shortly before 1.

She was not wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle, while her husband and 3-year-old daughter Rachel remained in their seats. The child complained of pain in her legs, but was not transported to the hospital, according to California Highway Patrol reports.

Madeline was transported by Careflight helicopter to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.

CHP reports Randall fell asleep shortly before the vehicle exited the highway.

Careflight also transported a Hayward couple to Washoe Medical Center on Monday morning, after they suffered severe injuries in an accident involving two vehicles on Interstate 80 just before Highway 89 South.

According to CHP reports, Robert Machado, 36, of Hayward, was driving a 1990 Acura Integra westbound on Interstate 80 at about 75 mph. He changed into the slow lane, but was blocked by a car and then changed back into the fast lane, where he rear-ended a 1995 Chevy van driven by 36-year-old Richard Grote of San Francisco. Machado lost control of his vehicle and ran off the north side of the highway, rolling several times before it stopped above the off ramp, according to CHP reports.

The Integra’s driver’s side was crushed, pinning Robert upside-down in his seat. CHP Officer Fisher arrived on scene and reported that he saw that Machado was not breathing. The officer cut the seat belt and cleared Machado’s airway, allowing him to breathe.

Machado’s wife Mary was self-extricated from the vehicle, while crews from the Truckee Fire Protection District pulled Robert from the vehicle.

Robert suffered severe head injuries and is in critical condition and Mary suffered internal abdominal injuries and is in serious condition. The Machados are in Washoe Medical Center.

According to CHP’s Public Affairs Officer Ron Wulff, the department also arrested eight motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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