3 injured in head-on crash | TheUnion.com

3 injured in head-on crash

Three people were injured in a Highway 49 head-on crash south of Grass Valley that delayed Thursday night traffic.

At about 5:30 p.m. near Cherry Creek Road, a northbound Dodge Monaco drifted into the southbound lane at 55 to 60 mph and struck a southbound Chevy Blazer. Neither driver’s name was immediately available.

The impact crushed both vehicles before the Dodge spun and collided a second time with a southbound van driven by Scott Holz that was trailing the Blazer.

“She wasn’t trying to pass,” Holz said of the Dodge driver. “She just swerved right over.”

The Chevy driver went by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a compound fracture of her left thigh bone. The Dodge driver and her male passenger, 34-year-old Jason Jones of Grass Valley, each went by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol.

“Her left leg was pretty crushed,” witness Marc Hughes of Sacramento said, describing the Blazer driver. “It was 25 minutes before (rescuers) cut her out.”

Holz’s van was struck in the right front fender, which pressed against the tire. Holz, a painter from Roseville, was uninjured.

Traffic backed up in both directions for more than an hour as drivers were rerouted along Cherry Creek Road, which parallels the highway about 12 miles south of Grass Valley. While rescuers scrambled around the crash scene, a second crash that caused no injuries occurred further south on the highway.

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