Highway 89 head-on wreck, rollover into bikepath results in major injuries
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Four people suffered major injuries Wednesday night, leaving two in critical condition after a head-on collision caused when a pick-up truck sent an SUV down an embankment off Highway 89 and into a nearby bicyclist.
California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Skeen said the crash was reported at 5 p.m. and involved a 1998 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up heading north on Highway 89. The truck, he said, collided with a 2002 Acura MDX SUV heading south, sending the Acura down the nearby embankment where it struck a cyclist south of Rampart, along the Truckee River.
Skeen didn’t give the names of any involved, but said the driver of the pick-up, a 34-year-old Squaw Valley resident, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital for major injuries.
The driver and passenger in the Acura were two women, ages 42 and 66 and a 6-year-old girl all from Tahoe City.
The two women were flown to Renown Hospital in Reno and are in critical condition while the 6-year-old girl was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital, Skeen said.
According to the CHP press release the cyclist, a man from Salt Lake City, Utah, suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.
Skeen said CHP is still investigating the accident and will know more soon.
Dave Zaski, public information officer for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, said Highway 89 was blocked for some time during the evening due to the accident and that many emergency personnel were called in.
In addition to highway patrol officers, Zaski said North Tahoe Fire Engine 51, Battalion 5, Ambulance 51 and Squaw Valley’s Rescue 21 responded, extricating the victims from the vehicles except for the child who was pulled from the wreckage by a pedestrian in the area.
Zaski said the two women who were in critical condition were then flown to Reno by CareFlight and CalStar helicopters with four ambulances providing medical attention to the three other parties.
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