Highway 49 wreck causes serious injury | TheUnion.com

Highway 49 wreck causes serious injury

A late afternoon, three-vehicle accident on Highway 49 about four miles outside Grass Valley caused a man to be flown by air ambulance to Sutter-Roseville Medical Center Tuesday with serious injuries.

“The ambulance crew got the guy out so fast we couldn’t get an ID on him,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Todd Labadie at the Highway 49 and Kenwood Drive scene.

The man suffered “a head injury, facial lacerations and a serious knee injury,” according to Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Chief Tim Fike, who was also working the scene. Fike said the man was driving a blue Toyota pickup truck in the northbound lane, “and didn’t see the traffic slowing,” which caused his vehicle to rear-end a Gold Toyota SUV at 50 mph.

That vehicle was bring driven by Deborah Beach, 48 of Penn Valley. She and her passenger, Carla Piccolo, 52, also of Penn Valley, complained of pain but refused medical treatment, Labadie said.

Beach’s gold Toyota was slammed into a Chevy S-10 pickup that had slowed to turn, Fike said. Driving that vehicle, but uninjured, was George Schroeder, 68, of Grass Valley. Labadie said CHP personnel were following the injured driver to the hospital to identify him.

Highway 49 in Nevada County has seen numerous accidents and 12 fatalities in the last 13 months. Grass-roots efforts are underway to make the heavily-traveled road safer.

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