Injuries of crash victims worse than first reported |

Injuries of crash victims worse than first reported

Two of three men who survived a fatal crash on Highway 20 remained in critical condition Thursday with more serious injuries than previously reported.

Samuel Miller, 23, of Nevada City and Sean Sanford, 20, of Grass Valley suffered head injuries in the Tuesday crash near Bear Valley, and both men remained in comas and on ventilators at Sutter Roseville Medical Center, according to Miller’s mother, Cheryl Miller of Auburn.

Ed Wessinger, 20, of Grass Valley was in fair condition while recovering from a broken thigh bone. The driver, 20-year-old Brandin Klundt of Rough and Ready, died at the crash scene.

The men were returning to Nevada City from Donner Ski Ranch when Klundt’s Toyota station slammed into a tree near Lowell Hill Road, about 20 miles east of Nevada City.

Wessinger on Wednesday said he had learned that Miller and Sanford would recover. But Miller’s mother called it too early to make that claim.

Doctors “won’t say. Right now they just say it’s very serious,” she said. “It’s just going to be wait-and-see. We have to wait until the (brain) swelling goes down.”

She also disputed a report by the California Highway Patrol that her son suffered a severe groin laceration. Sanford, she added, is battling serious internal injuries at the hospital, where numerous friends and family members have gathered.

As for the possible crash report discrepancies, CHP spokesman Troy Marks said the agency is still working on a final report.

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