A number of accidents, including one fatality, marred the long holiday weekend.
Two injury accidents were reported Friday, sending a 3-year-old boy to the hospital with possible internal injuries.
The first accident, at 1:30 p.m., was a solo-vehicle crash on Highway 49 near Auburn Road. Firefighters from Nevada County Consolidated and Grass Valley responded to the scene of the crash to find a vehicle over the side of the highway about 30 feet down, resting on its side against a tree, according to Grass Valley Fire Battalion Chief Mark Buttron. The people inside the vehicle were able to get out with the help of passersby; one was transported to the hospital for evaluation. The names of the involved parties were not available.
A small boy was injured in an ATV accident at 8:15 p.m. the same day at Oak Meadows Road near Oak Ridge Drive.
A woman identified as Misty Plourd, 25, was driving the ATV with the boy in her lap; both were wearing helmets, said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.
Plourd reportedly had the ATV stopped, but the boy grabbed the throttle control, causing the ATV to accelerate rapidly, Tassone said. She tried to stop, but the ATV crashed into a fence, throwing the child forward.
Firefighters from Nevada County Consolidated and Grass Valley responded, as did medics from Sierra Nevada Ambulance. The boy was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Venter; Plourd was reportedly uninjured.
A motorcycle accident Saturday sent one man to the hospital with multiple fractures.
James R. Glasson, 59, of North San Juan, was riding his motorcycle west of Oak Tree Road when he hit a deer in the road at about 8:35 p.m., according to a CHP report. Glasson was thrown from the motorcycle and hit a tree; he was wearing a helmet but reportedly sustained fractures to his left arm and both legs.
He was treated at the scene by North San Juan firefighters, then transported by ambulance to Oak Tee Park, where he was picked up and flown by helicopter to Roseville. He was listed in serious condition as of Monday afternoon.
Saturday morning accident kills one twin, sends brother to hospital
A Grass Valley cement-truck driver remained in critical condition the day after he collided with a small pickup truck containing twins, killing its driver and sending his brother to the hospital.
Donald Bisbee, 48, was driving in a Toyota pickup truck with his twin brother, Daniel Bisbee, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The pair were headed southbound along Highway 174, just north of the Bear River Bridge, when a northbound Hansen Bros. cement truck rolled into the southbound lane while going around an advisory 25 mph curve, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The cement mixer rolled over and struck the driver’s side of the Bisbees’ truck, pushed it off the road into bushes, then came to rest on its left side, blocking the southbound lane of Highway 174, according to the CHP report.
Donald Bisbee, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
The cement-truck driver, Ronald Harris, 23, was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center by air ambulance where he remained in critical condition Monday, according to hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery.
Daniel Bisbee was also taken to Roseville with moderate injuries and was treated and released.
Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the collision.
The highway was blocked for approximately six hours as crews from Chicago Park and Peardale fire agencies, the California Department of Transportation and Hansen Bros. worked to removed the overturned cement truck, which was hauling 7.5 yards of cement.
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