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UPDATE: Second car crash on Highway 49 in Nevada County backs traffic up

A three-car collision has closed the northbound lanes of Highway 49 at La Barr Meadows Road.
Laura Mahaffy/lmahaffy@theunion.com |

Update: 4:35 p.m.

A vehicle collision has been reported on Highway 49 and Wellswood Way in Nevada County and is currently blocking traffic southbound on the highway one mile down.

The accident was reported around 4:10 p.m. and is reportedly a collision between a small white Honda and a blue minivan.



Only minor injuries were reported.

A three-car collision closed the northbound lanes of Highway 49 at La Barr Meadows Road for about an hour.




The crash, which was reported just before 11:30 a.m., involved a tow truck, a Honda and a Prius.

The tow truck and the Prius were driving southbound and were just south of La Barr Meadows when the accident occurred, said California Highway Patrol Officer Greg Tassone.

The driver of the Prius, Douglas Ingoldsby, reportedly was talking on his phone via Bluetooth and might have been distracted, Tassone said.

He made an unsafe lane change and struck the corner of the tow truck, then rotated into the path of a Honda being driven northbound by Drake Dutra.

The driver of the tow truck was uninjured, as were two dogs, at least one of which was in the Prius.

Dutra and Ingoldsby reportedly sustained moderate to severe injuries and were flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Dutra was reportedly in serious condition and Ingoldsby was in critical condition as of Tuesday evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The northbound lanes were blocked until about 12:30 p.m.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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