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Santa Rosa trauma surgeons beat survival odds
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

On Aug. 21, a former 49ers offensive lineman drove alone midday on Highway 12 from his Sonoma home to volunteer with fundraising at a Santa Rosa school. His Chevy Suburban, loaded with prizes, careened into oncoming traffic and slammed into a taco truck. John Taylor, age 62 this month, who played part of a season for the 49ers as well as for the New York Jets and three years in the Canadian football league during the 1970s, suffered massive injuries. An ambulance rushed him 20 minutes to the Level II trauma center at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where a surgeon tackled his injured inner organs.

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