HWY 49 was reopened shortly after 5 o’clock last evening following a 3 car accident at Lady Bird Lane. The heavy rain is considered the primary cause of a series of car accidents in our area yesterday. A jackknifed big rig on Loma Rica rd slowed traffic on the steep grade around one o’clock yesterday afternoon. A non inury accident closed the ramp from HWY 49 to Brunswick shortly before 3 o’clock. One person was transported by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries. Minutes later an accident on hwy 49 and Oakhurst near the Bear River involved a roll over with the occupant trapped inside. At 3:30 also on HWY 49, North bound at Idaho-Maryland Rd at the Onramp an accident involved a white sedan versus a blue Toyota truck that had traffic backed up y. CHP Officer Cindy Morgan with the Grass Valley office says these accidents are mostly preventable.
“The roadway is wet, it’s slippery. People need to slow down. If you’re turning on to a major roadway, you need to give yourself even more room before you turn in front of vehicles so that they have time to slow down. A lot of these accidents were absolutely preventable if people had just slowed down and driven more for the conditions.”
The head collision on Hwy 49 at Lady Bird lane involved one rollover with major injuries. CHP says a vehicle attempted to pass on a solid double yellow line and hit an oncoming car head on. Three ambulances were called to the scene. Air ambulance could not fly in due to the low ceiling. One of the injured went to Roseville trauma center with significant injuries. 2 others were sent to Auburn Faith for unknown injuries. Vehicles involved included a white pickup, a gray SUV, and a dark blue or possibly black vehicle on its roof. Drivers are encourages to slow down and if your windshield wipers are n you headlights must also be on. It’s the law.