The California Highway Patrol received several calls Sunday evening about a head on multiple vehicle collision on Highway 49.
CHP Officer Greg Tassone says many of the callers were unfamiliar with the area which lead to the confusion. They finally were able to pinpoint the location
The accident involved three vehicles, and year old Rose Apodaca of Auburn was behind the wheel of a 2007 Toyota Corolla heading northbound .
The Toyota Corolla continued on into the northbound lane and struck a Lexus SUV head on.
Of the four occupants of the Lexus, two reported injuries, a 67 year old woman from Auburn was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with minor to moderate injuries and a 30 year old female from woodland Hills was transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Of the six occupants in the Buick, two reported minor injuries but refused ambulance transport to the hospital.
Apodaca was evaluated and determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance, causing the collision. She was arrested on a felony charge of DUI for causing injuries in the collision and was later released to the medcal center for treatment. Apodaca suffered moderate to major injuries but is expected to survive. State Route 49 was closed for approximately 90 minutes.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Department assisted CHP and Caltrans personnel with traffic control and a detour using Lime Kiln Rd and Wolf Rd to divert vehicles around the closure.