Highway 20 wreck being investigated | TheUnion.com

Highway 20 wreck being investigated

Two people were injured Monday when their car went over an embankment on Highway 20 west of the White Cloud Campground, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Billie Lea Alvarez, 21, of Penn Valley, and James Paul Scola, 22, of Nevada City, were westbound on Highway 20 in a 1988 Subaru Coupe when the vehicle missed a turn, left the road and fell 30 feet in an embankment, the CHP reported.

The vehicle was traveling at an estimated 40 to 60 miles per hour, and speed appeared to have been a factor in the crash, the CHP said. “It’s a sweeping left curve,” CHP officer Steve Ingram said at the scene.

Alvarez, who said she was at the wheel, was pinned between the roof and the ground while Scola was found underneath the rear left wheel, Ingram said.

“The whole weight of the car was on top of him,” he said. Neither was wearing a seat belt, he said.

The two victims were airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

They were released today, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The accident remains under investigation by the CHP.

– Kerana Todorov

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