"The female passenger had been ejected from the car and thrown up and over the sound wall which is about 12 feet high," a fire department report said. "She landed in a tree in the backyard. The tree actually cushioned her fall, which enabled her to survive."
The woman was in a car with her husband when the crash occurred Wednesday on Highway 99.
The first engine company responding to the accident report couldn't find anyone in the wrecked vehicle, but another unit responding to a medical-aid call at a nearby house discovered two victims – one on the ground and another stuck in a plum tree.
The woman's husband, who had been driving, apparently was able to get around the high wall, despite serious injures, to try to help his wife.
A resident, Sarah Rochan, told KOVR-TV in Sacramento: "That was the Lord. It wasn't her time to go."
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