At least two hurt near Peardale |

At least two hurt near Peardale

Two accidents on Highway 174 in the Peardale area late Sunday appear to be related, Nevada County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Smithers said.

Prior to the accidents, sheriff’s deputies were in the area at about 4:30 p.m. investigating a report of a 23-year-old man who had jumped out of his girlfriend’s moving vehicle to release horses from a corral on Peardale Road.

The man had been involved in a vehicle accident a week before but had not received medical attention. His girlfriend told deputies she believed he was suffering from a possible concussion, and she agreed to take him to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for treatment, Smithers said.

While at the corral, one of the deputies responded to a 4:47 p.m. report from the California Highway Patrol of an injured bicyclist at Highway 174 and Meadow View Drive nearby.

The bicyclist was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital; no information about the person or the injuries suffered was available.

Emergency workers from the Peardale-Chicago Park and Ophir Hill fire districts also responded, a dispatcher from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection command center in Grass Valley said.

Officers at the scene found the bicyclist had been hit by a white vehicle.

At about 4:50 p.m., deputies received another report of a white vehicle hitting a tree and going into a ditch about 100 yards north of Greenhorn Picnic Access Road. The vehicle apparently careened 30 feet off the roadway near the picnic grounds.

One person with major injuries was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital, the CHP reported on its Web site. No information was available about the person or the person’s medical condition.


To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail or call 477-4230.

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