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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 9:33 am | Updated: 9:42 am, Fri Oct 12, 2012.

An Arnold woman and her husband were taken to Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital in San Andreas for minor injuries after she lost control of her sport utility vehicle and it rolled over at about 1:08 p.m. Friday on Highway 49 about two miles south of Fourth Crossing.

One-way traffic control was in effect shortly after 1 p.m. The roadway was clear as of 3 p.m.

Helen C. Stephens, 61, was driving a 2001 Dodge Durango northbound at about 50-to-55 mph when she allowed the vehicle to drift to the left and cross the southbound lane without slowing, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol.

Due to her failure to maintain her Dodge in the correct lane, it struck a rock embankment almost head on just west of the Highway, causing it to flip over onto its right side where it began sliding off the roadway. Then it struck a metal paddle marker and rolled down a steep dirt embankment, the report said. After all impacts, the Dodge came to a rest on its side on the west shoulder facing southeast.

The windshield was shattered, and the vehicle sustained major damage.

Stephens and her husband, Gary, 64, both sustained minor injuries.

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