Van delivering Valentine’s Day flowers in accident |

Van delivering Valentine’s Day flowers in accident

John HartNevada County Consolidated Fire District and Sierra Nevada Ambulance personnel work on an 8-year-old passenger injured in an accident on Dog Bar Road Friday.
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Three people were injured Friday when a van full of flowers to be delivered for Valentine’s Day collided with a Ford Escort on Dog Bar road.

“It might delay a few of our Valentine’s deliveries,” Foothill Flowers owner Marie Johnson, clad in red coat and slacks for the holiday, said after walking toward Friday afternoon’s crash scene.

At about 4 p.m., deliveryman Matthew Seavers, 20, of Grass Valley, attempted a left turn from Rogue House Place, near Wheeler Cross Road, onto southbound Dog Bar.

As he nosed out, the Pontiac minivan he was driving collided with a northbound Ford Escort driven by Michelle Richards of Grass Valley, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Richards and an 8-year-old girl who was in the car each went by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, CHP Officer Steve Ingram said.

Seavers, meanwhile, sat alongside the road, holding a bottle of ice on his head.

“It’s been a busy day,” he said to an officer.

About a half-dozen bunches of flowers were still inside the van, which along with the car suffered front-end damage.

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