Winter is no wonderland
Senior staff writer
A flash sleet and snowstorm at 4 p.m. Sunday created havoc on western Nevada County streets.
The California Highway Patrol listed nine vehicle mishaps on its traffic hazard Web site between 4:21 p.m. and 5:48 p.m. after the late storm blew through the county. The National Weather Services said earlier in the day that the bulk of the day’s snow would be gone by 3 p.m., but pockets of precipitation could hit anywhere in the Sierra into the night.
That’s apparently what happened to motorists late in the afternoon as dark clouds moved in and the snow and sleet began. Dispatchers at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said they could barely keep up with all the calls of weather-related accidents coming in.
Details of the mishaps were unavailable as emergency personnel were busy responding to them all. The calls listed on the CHP’s Web site were as follows:
• 4:21 p.m., an injury accident at Gold Flat Road that blocked one lane. It appeared the driver was trapped in the vehicle, which was resting on its side.
• 4:39 p.m., a noninjury collision between a car and a fire engine at Banner Ridge Lava Cap Road and Nevada City Highway. It was reported that several vehicles had spun out up the hill on Banner Ridge Lava Cap Road.
• 5:09 p.m., a collision at Highway 49 and Smith Lane was reportedly blocking one lane.
• 5:13 p.m., a noninjury accident at Greenhorn and Brunswick roads involving several vehicles, including one pulling a horse trailer.
• 5:22 p.m., a spinout at Brunswick Road at Whispering Pines Lane. A snowplow was called for to move snow out of the roadway.
• 5:28 p.m., a vehicle was struck at McCourtney Road and Freeman lane.
• 5:30 p.m., a car spun out and was resting in the middle of an icy northbound lane of Highway 49 at McKnight Way in Grass Valley.
• 5:38 p.m., a spinout was reported at Brunswick and Idaho-Maryland roads.
• 5:48 p.m., a noninjury collision was reported at Empire Mine Cross Road and Empire Street. Emergency workers on their way to another accident were able to discern the parties were not hurt.
To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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