Man seriously injured in crash |

Man seriously injured in crash

The California Highway Patrol has released the names of the drivers involved in Monday night’s crash on Highway 49 at Alta Sierra Drive.

Two were injured, one of them seriously, in the 6:55 p.m. crash.

At that time, 50-year-old Christopher M. Huber, of Grass Valley, was driving a 1992 Pontiac Firebird on Alta Sierra Drive toward Highway 49.

Huber was driving 10 mph but failed to stop at the red light, leaving him in the path of a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban, traveling north on Highway 49, according to the highway patrol.

The Suburban’s driver, Wendy M. Gatto, 37, of Grass Valley, was going the speed limit. She was not injured. Her 11-year-old daughter, who was in the vehicle, was taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital as a precaution.

The Firebird was then struck by another northbound vehicle, a 2003 Volkswagen Passat driven by Matthew W. Larson, 32, of Penn Valley. Larson also was not hurt, according to the highway patrol.

Nevada County Consolidated Battalion Chief Spike Newby said that Huber had to be cut out of his car by firefighters and was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.

Huber was in serious condition Tuesday.

Newby said that Calstar medics told Consolidated firefighters that the victim suffered from serious internal bleeding, and that if not for the work of the firefighters, he might have died.

All traffic on the highway was halted for about an hour. Northbound traffic was routed around the crash through Little Valley Road.

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