Woman lands in hospital after accident | TheUnion.com

Woman lands in hospital after accident

Injuries a Grass Valley woman suffered Monday morning in a wreck on the Golden Center Freeway were worse than initially reported.

Deanna Nelson, 67, was originally taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with cuts and abrasions, and emergency officials on the scene thought that was all that was wrong with her.

But after being treated at the Grass Valley hospital’s emergency room, Nelson was transferred to the trauma center at Sutter-Roseville Medical Center, according to hospital spokesman Craig Wilcox.

Wilcox said he was not allowed to divulge Nelson’s injuries.

The medical center in Roseville confirmed Nelson was there in fair condition late Monday afternoon.

Nelson was on her way to work in the eastbound lanes about 7:45 a.m. when her vehicle veered into the concrete wall median and then slammed into a set of crash barrels, according to Nevada City Fire Chief Sam Goodspeed.

That caused Nelson’s Geo Prizm to overturn onto its top in the flat part of the median just a few hundred yards west of the Sacramento Street overpass.

“It could have been worse,” Goodspeed said.

Emergency crews had to extricate Nelson from the vehicle, according to Officer Steve Ingram of the California Highway Patrol.

Nelson had a laceration near her right eye and cuts and abrasions on her left arm, Ingram said.

“She doesn’t know what happened,” Ingram said at the scene. “It’s a good thing she didn’t go into the oncoming westbound lanes.”


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@ theunion.com.

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