Major traffic incident on Combie Road |

Major traffic incident on Combie Road

6:30am Update

– PG&E has partially secured the equipment hanging in the roadway. One lane of Combie Rd has been opened– one-way traffic control is in effect at will continue for at least several hours.

– Electricity is working in much of the area. At this point it does not appear the school district will need to close down the local schools (but I have not received confirmation either way).

– Due to the extended work in the area throughout the morning and the one-way traffic controls, we expect traffic in the area to be heavy/slow. Motorists should still use an alternate route or plan extra time, as appropriate.

4:30am Update

This is a preliminary notification from the California Highway Patrol of a major traffic incident working in southern Nevada County at this moment:

– A little before 10 p.m. Monday, a solo vehicle occupied only by a female driver went off the roadway on Combie Rd near Armstrong Rd (just prior to Magnolia Rd). She struck a large utility pole containing major electrical distribution lines.
– The pole was severed in half, causing Combie Rd to be blocked.
– The driver received minor injuries and was transported to Auburn Faith hospital by ground ambulance.
– Power is currently shut-off to the immediate areas north of Lake of the Pines. Power may not be restored until mid to late morning.
– PG&E currently has major electrical crews coming from the surrounding areas to reconstruct the pole and electrical lines.
– Combie Rd could be closed until 10:00 AM.
– CalTrans and Nevada County DOT/Roads are responding to place electronic sign-boards in the area and assist with traffic control. Traffic detours are in place through Alta Sierra and north toward Grass Valley.
– Due to the road problems and electrical problems in the area, we plan on contacting to NC Superintendent of Schools in a few hours (when we have a bit more information) to determine if they will be closing the schools this morning.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User