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Rain, distractions, DUI cause for collisions

A crash involving a blue Ford Fiesta and a white pickup truck at LaBarr Meadows and Dog Bar Road, sent 41-year-old Aron Martin to the hospital in police custody on suspicion of a misdemeanor DUI.

Two thirds of an inch of rain that fell across Western Nevada County Thursday was enough to cause a number of vehicle crashes on area roadways that ranged from minor incidents to a head-on collision at LaBarr Meadows and Dog Bar road where the driver at fault was placed in custody on suspicion of a misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Aron Martin, a 41-year-old female from Grass Valley, was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center following the crash, reported at 1:49 p.m., to be treated for minor to moderate injuries as well as to have her blood drawn to determine her blood alcohol content.

"It's been extremely busy today," CHP Public Information Officer Greg Tassone said Thursday afternoon. "Today has been particularly bad. There's been a number of collisions, many of which are related to the wet and slippery roadways. We've had a few periods of rain. It rained lightly then let off."

Distracted driving was the cause for some of the crashes according to Tassone.

"When you're distracted on a day like today it's harder to correct and recover," Tassone said. "People just need to slow down and be more careful."

At Rough and Ready Highway and Nies Cliff Lane, the driver of a vehicle was shaken up after his vehicle careened over a 60-foot embankment around 2 p.m. The driver, who climbed up to the road following the incident, sustained no injuries.

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"We can't say whether he launched or drove over, but he did end up 60 feet down," Tassone said, adding that when firefighters arrived, they called in for more resources to aid in the recovery of the vehicle.

A crash at Highway 49 and Auburn Road occurred just before 1 p.m. when traffic slowed and a driver coming up from behind couldn't stop in time. At least two vehicles were involved and multiple people with injuries were transported to the hospital.

"People were following too close and (driving) too fast," Tassone said.

Less than a half an inch of rain is expected to fall in the area today, and three quarters to an inch is expected Saturday.

"Several systems are on the way," National Weather Service Forecaster Karl Swanberg said.

A pause in the rain is expected Saturday evening, though another good soaking is expected Sunday night into Monday when nearly another inch of rain is forecasted.

A 50 percent chance of rain is being called for Tuesday and an even higher chance for Wednesday.

To contact Staff Writer Elias Funez email efunez@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4230.

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