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Woman killed in Highway 49 wrong-way crash near Lake of the Pines ID'd

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Authorities released the name today of a South Nevada County woman killed after driving the wrong way on Highway 49 near Combie Road. The woman’s death is the fourth linked to wrong-way driving in the Auburn area in the last four months. Tamara Adams, 49, was killed in the single-vehicle crash south of Combie Road, near Lake of the Pines. The accident took place just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Adams was the lone occupant of a Ford Explorer SUV and driving north on Highway 49 approaching Combie Road the wrong way in the southbound traffic lanes, the California Highway Patrol reported. The SUV drifted from the left-hand, fast lane to the southbound shoulder and the front end of the Explorer hit a guard rail. Impact with the guardrail resulted in Adams’ death, said Officer Dina Hernandez. The collision was still being investigated by Grass Valley CHP, with no indication whether drugs or alcohol were a factor, the Highway Patrol reported. The wrong-way crash is the third in the Auburn area since late December. Four people have died, including two when a wrong-way driver crashed head-on into another car just east of the Newcastle exit on Interstate 80. Both the wrong-way driver and the driver of the other car were killed. Blood tests later determined that the wrong-way driver – Chris Dann, 21, of Auburn – had double the maximum legal blood-alcohol level. Newcastle resident Sandra Hauser died in early March, the day after her 25th birthday, after driving the wrong way on Interstate 80 in Auburn. Adams was listed by the California Highway Patrol as a Grass Valley resident but the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department stated that she was a South Nevada County resident, which would place the crash closer to her home.