2-vehicle collision shuts down morning commute | TheUnion.com

2-vehicle collision shuts down morning commute

Matthew Renda
and Liz Kellar
Staff Writers
Photo for The Union by Matt Renda

A two-car collision shut down a section of Brunswick Road near the intersection with Sutton Way for a segment of Thursday’s morning commute.

A man identified as Howard Johnson, 69, of Grass Valley, was driving his Datsun pickup truck on Old Tunnel Road and turned onto Brunswick Road, colliding with a Grand Am being driven by Jackie Dearman, 34, of Cottonwood.

It was not clear how the accident, which happened at just after 9 a.m., occurred. The pickup flipped onto the driver’s side after the collision.

Johnson had to be extricated from his truck and sustained injuries to his arm, back and neck, as well as lacerations to his face and arms, said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks.

Dearman was complaining of back, neck and arm pain, Marks said. Both drivers were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Accident near White Cloud sends seven to hospital

A single-vehicle rollover Wednesday evening sent one adult and six children to the hospital.

James Robert Brock, 64, of Grass Valley, was driving a Dodge Durango when he made an unsafe turning motion and ran off the road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.

The accident happened at about 5:30 p.m. on Highway 20, west of White Cloud.

Brock’s six grandchildren, ranging from 6 to 17 years old, sustained abrasions and lacerations and all were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital as a precaution, Tassone said.

They all were wearing seatbelts or were properly restrained, he added.

Brock sustained minor to moderate injuries and also was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Because of the number of patients, the hospital activated its mass casualty incident team, Tassone said.

Drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a cause of the accident, which remains under investigation.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.

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