Collision on Highway 49 near Alta Sierra Drive injures 2, ties up traffic all day Friday
February 24, 2014
An overturned big rig caused a traffic mess near Alta Sierra for most of the day Friday.
An Auburn man in his 30s reportedly was driving a Pontiac southbound on Highway 49 south of Lime Kiln Road at about 10:20 a.m. when he allowed his vehicle to run off the right side of the road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Folke Lilyquist.
The driver then overcorrected and skidded into the oncoming lane, where he was broadsided by a Dreyer's ice cream truck.
Both vehicles then went off the other side of the road, Lilyquist said.
The driver of the Pontiac was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries and then reportedly transferred to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
The truck driver complained of pain but was not transported, Lilyquist said.
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The No. 2 northbound lane initially was blocked with rescue equipment, and crews were checking for leaks.
A hazardous material team was then called out to unload the fuel from the truck. Their estimated time of arrival was 5:30 p.m.
The CHP estimated that the road would be reopened by about 7:30 p.m.