Penn Valley crash injures four, one critical |

Penn Valley crash injures four, one critical

A newly licensed teen allegedly pulled in front of another vehicle against a red light on Highway 20 in Penn Valley Wednesday morning, causing a crash that sent four people to the hospital.

The female teen driver was taking a turn onto Rough and Ready Highway from the eastbound lane of Highway 20 at the stoplight when the collision occurred at 7:45 a.m., according to CHP Officer Brant Hardin.

The teen’s Chevrolet pickup truck collided virtually head-on with a Toyota Corolla being driven westbound by Deborah Miller, 56, of Colfax, Hardin said. Both vehicles suffered major damage to the left front ends.

Miller was flown by CHP helicopter from the scene to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a fractured jaw, compound fractures in the left elbow and forearm, pain to her ribs and a contusion over the left eye, Hardin said.

Miller was in critical condition there, according to hospital spokeswoman Robin Montgomery.

The teen driver and her two teen passengers suffered minor injuries and were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Hardin said.

The driver suffered contusions, while a female passenger received a chin laceration and a third, male passenger complained of pain to the ribs.

The three teens “were local,” Hardin said, and the teen driver “was recently licensed,” to drive.

The crash backed up traffic in both directions as a cold and wet storm passed through Nevada County. Debris from the scene littered the intersection and the scene took more than hour to clean up, Hardin said.

“It could have been a lot worse,” Hardin said, but all four involved were wearing their seat belts. Although evidence pointed towards the teen being at fault, no citations have been issued yet and the wreck remains under investigation, Hardin said.

The CHP also reported a non-injury crash at the intersection of the Quaker Hill Crossing and Banner Quaker Hill Road at 7:43 a.m. Wednesday.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 530-477-4237.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call 530-477-4239.

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