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Wreck sends five to hospital

Five Grass Valley area residents suffered minor injuries and traffic was tied up for 40 minutes Thursday night after a three-car crash on Highway 49 just south of town.

The incident began when Robert Alonzo, 25, stopped his 1984 American Eagle in the southbound lane to turn onto a private road at 7:19 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol report.

At the same time, Jess Langridge, 85, was approaching Alonzo’s vehicle from behind and did not see it stopped in the road.



When Langridge saw Alonzo’s vehicle, he swerved to the right, but the left front of his car hit Alonzo’s in the rear and then in front as the scene progressed.

Langridge’s vehicle continued careening out of control into the northbound lane, where the rear of his 2005 Ford Taurus collided with the front end of a 2007 Ford Focus being driven by Bethany Poppenberg, 31.




The three drivers were taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for treatment, according to the CHP.

Also taken to the hospital were Ashley Alonzo, 24, a passenger in Alonzo’s vehicle, and Dorian Poppenberg, 10, who was riding in Poppenberg’s car.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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