Car tumbles off freeway, stops short of hitting hotel |

Car tumbles off freeway, stops short of hitting hotel

An 18-year-old Grass Valley man was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center this afternoon after his vehicle spun out of control on the Golden Center Freeway and came to rest within a foot of the Northern Queen Inn, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Brooks D. Blodgett was driving east on the freeway when he lost control of his 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier just west of the Sacramento Street off-ramp in Nevada City, said California Highway Patrol officer Earl Cummins.

The 1:15 p.m. accident occurred when Blodgett apparently lost control of his car, which rolled several times down a 30-foot embankment. Blodgett’s vehicle took out a tree, ripped out poles holding up a chain link fence, rolled over a boulder and stripped chunks of grass.

As it tumbled down the hill, the car spun counterclockwise, its front end facing the freeway, landing within a foot of a section of the housemaid’s quarters at the Northern Queen Inn.

Cummins said Blodgett appeared to suffer cuts to various parts of his body. Fire crews from Nevada County Consolidated and the Nevada City fire departments cut the roof of the car to extricate Blodgett.

Blodgett, the only person in the car, was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. There were no signs of drugs or alcohol use, Cummins said.

Traffic was diverted to just one lane of eastbound traffic on a small portion of the freeway as crews pulled the car from the embankment.

For more on this story, read Saturday’s The Union.

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