Three hurt in rainy wreck near Yuba bridge |

Three hurt in rainy wreck near Yuba bridge

Three people were injured today when the vehicle they were in smacked into a rock outcropping on Highway 49 near the Yuba River bridge.

Lacourse Yanick, 30, of Quebec, Canada, was driving a 1982 Ford southbound on the windy hill leading to the bridge about 10:30 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Pingree.

Yanick was apparently driving too fast in rainy conditions when the vehicle began to slide, Pingree said. Yanick braked, causing the car to slide out of control and hit the outcropping, causing major damage to the vehicle’s front end.

“They were not wearing seatbelts, which is probably why they were injured,” Pingree said.

All three were taken by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where they were still being evaluated at 3:45 p.m. Yanick had lacerations to his right eyebrow and right knuckles, Pingree said.

Passenger Patricia Blanchet, 26, of Quebec, Canada suffered pain to her legs and neck, while passenger Rebecca Arkin, 30, of Nevada City had back pain.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User