Crash tangles traffic |

Crash tangles traffic

The collision of an empty log-hauling truck and a Ford Taurus on Highway 49 Friday snarled traffic for about two hours south of Grass Valley and left the Taurus driver hospitalized.

At about 3:45 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol, the vehicles collided, sending the northbound semi off the road, where it rolled onto its side. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment.

The Taurus then apparently was struck from behind by another car, which was then hit by a third car. Crews from Nevada County Consolidated Fire Department and other agencies responded, extracted the Taurus driver and transported the motorist via helicopter to a regional hospital.

The driver’s name and condition – along with details of what led to the crash – were not available Friday night.

The crash at Cornette Way, south of the Golden Chain Motel, closed all four lanes of Highway 49 until about 5:30 p.m., when controlled traffic was allowed through.

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