Three go to hospital in Nevada County collision |

Three go to hospital in Nevada County collision

A woman driving a pickup caused a four-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning on Highway 49 while passing another truck, leading to stymied traffic in south county for over an hour, the California Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened just after 8 a.m. near Rincon Way, about a half mile from the Placer County line. The pickup driver, traveling north in a Chevrolet S-10, was speeding and failing to safely pass other vehicles, Officer Greg Tassone said.

"She tried to pass another pickup truck," Tassone said.

In the outside lane, the woman moved passed the other vehicle and crossed in front of it. The rear of her vehicle clipped the front of the other pickup, sending her spinning into the southbound lanes, Tassone said.

The S-10 collided with two southbound vehicles. Three people, including the S-10's driver and a child, were injured, Tassone said.

A helicopter landed in the road in an attempt to take the S-10 driver, who had serious injuries, to a hospital. However, officials opted to use ambulances to transport all the victims. Their conditions are unknown, Tassone said.

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It was unknown Wednesday if CHP would charge anyone in connection with the wreck, he added.

The collision briefly closed all lanes, though both northbound and one southbound lane reopened by 9 a.m.

"Of course, the backup had already done its damage," Tassone said of southbound congestion that lasted until after 10 a.m.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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