Woman airlifted after car accident | TheUnion.com

Woman airlifted after car accident

John HartHolly St. Denis of Nevada City is prepared for a flight to a Roseville hospital via CALSTAR III after fire personnel cut through the driver's-side door to rescue her.
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A Nevada City woman was hospitalized in serious condition after her station wagon collided with a big rig at Brunswick and Idaho Maryland roads Thursday.

Holly St. Denis, 38, was airlifted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a broken right thigh bone and a broken right wrist and hand, according to the California Highway Patrol.

St. Denis was southbound on Brunswick about 10:30 a.m., headed away from Grass Valley as she approached the intersection. Her Toyota station wagon collided with a Hansen Bros. truck driven by 56-year-old Timothy Ellefson of Smartville, who was attempting a left turn onto Idaho-Maryland, CHP Officer Barry Cuerden said.

Rescuers used the Jaws of Life to extricate St. Denis from her car, according to Cuerden.

He said she was conscious, but required a trip to Sutter Roseville because femur fractures can pose the risk of life-threatening blood loss.

The crash slowed traffic, and Idaho-Maryland drivers were rerouted to Sutton Way. Cuerden said Ellefson wasn’t injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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