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Busy Weekend for Local Emergency Responders

Nevada County’s emergency responders were kept busy this weekend with multiple traffic accidents, one near drowning and a structure fire.

The first accident occurred Friday night shortly after 9 o’clock on Highway 20 .  The CHP Public Information Officer Greg Tassone says 55 year old Jeffrey Chambers was driving a Jeep Cherokee and made a left turn to Conservation road, directly in front of a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer driven by a woman from Carson City.   The collision caused the Trailblazer to overturn and the Jeep was partially in the roadway.  Both  vehicles were heavily damaged .  Officer Tassone says the Trail Blazed rolled over.
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One passenger in the trailblazer was taken by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Trauma Center. The other three parties were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital by ground ambulance. The CHP determined alcohol is a  factor in the collision and Chambers was arrested for DUI and booked into Nevada County jail. The roadway remained open with one way traffic control while the scene was processed. Additionally, while fire department personnel conducted one-way traffic control an unrelated vehicle traveling eastbound on 20 at a high rate of speed narrowly missed striking a tow truck and a fire fighter in the roadway.
Click here to listen to Officer Greg Tassone

Officer Tassoni says the 34 year old driver  of that vehicle was subsequently arrested by the CHP for DUI.

Then Saturday afternoon about 4:30 crews responded code three to a motorcycle accident involving a single rider that had rear ended a vehicle on Highway 20 at the Dorsey Drive Overpass. When units arrived the male rider was lying in the roadway. CHP Officer Greg Tassone says one car stopped and 59 year old man from Penn Valley hit the rear of a pickup and had major injuries.
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He was transported by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Trauma Center. The most recent information is the motorcycle is in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.

At 4:50 p.m. Saturday another accident was reported involving a vehicle into a tree on State Highway 20 and Omega Road. U.S. Forest Service personnel were first on scene, they began to provide immediate medical attention to a female driver who was the only occupant in the vehicle. She sustained major injuries and was transported by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Trauma Center.

A Penn Valley teenager is lucky to be alive after a accident involving a tree Saturday night. CHP Public Information Officer Greg Tassone says witnesses reported seen a 2000 Chevrolet pickup traveling at a high rate of speed on Banner Lava Cap Road Saturday evening. Officer Tassone says thew 17 year old juvenile was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the accident.
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The driver was taken to Sierra Nevada Hospital for treatment of serious injures. The CHP continues to investigate this accident.

Then  at 12:48 Saturday afternoon there was a structure fires reported  in Grass Valley on Pleasant Street….when crews arrived smoke was coming from under the residence.  Crews quickly made access to the fire and contained it.  There was no fire extension into the living area  and the residents were allowed back into the home.  The fire was determined to be accidental in nature after the investigation.

A near drowning was reported Saturday afternoon a tScotts Flat lake Campground…Units arrived on scene with a male patient who had previously swam out to retrieve an inflatable raft and was overcome with exhaustion and went under the water.  An off duty Registered Nurse and a former life guard came to the man’s aid, he was pulled from the water and administered CPR.  Upon the Fire Department’s arrival the man was conscious and answering questions appropriately, he was transported to Sierra Nevada Hospital by ground ambulance for further medical evaluation.

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