Highway 89 wreck update: Ten juveniles, two adults hurt; woman, 22, remains critical
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Twelve people and#8212; including 10 juveniles and#8212; were injured in a head-on collision Tuesday afternoon on Highway 89, shutting the road down for about an hour and leaving one woman in critical condition.
Details released Wednesday afternoon by the California Highway Patrol indicate the crash involved a red 1998 Ford Club Wagon Van and#8212; carrying a group of 10 juveniles from a Squaw Valley-based wrestling camp and#8212; and a 1957 green Chevy pick-up truck.
According to a CHP press release, at approximately 2:07 p.m. Tuesday, the van was traveling northbound on Highway 89 when it crossed the double yellow lines of the roadway, colliding head on with the truck, which was heading southbound near River Ranch Road between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley USA ski resorts.
The driver of the pick-up, a 22-year-old woman from San Luis Obispo, Calif., was flown via Care Flight helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where she remains in the Intensive Care Unit, according to CHP.
The driver of the van, a 20-year-old man from Las Vegas, and the 10 juveniles were taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital for injuries, and have since been released.
Initial reports from officials Tuesday indicated that three adults and nine children had been hurt in the crash.
Dave Zaski, a spokesman for North Tahoe Fire Protection District, said five ground ambulances ended up transporting the accident victims with less-severe injuries.
and#8220;Emergency crews said the (drivers and passengers) were lucky more people weren’t seriously hurt,and#8221; Zaski said Tuesday.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Witnesses are urged to call CHP at 530-582-7500.
Among the emergency crews assisting were Squaw Valley Fire Department, NTFPD, CHP and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.
The highway was shut down to through traffic for about an hour Tuesday afternoon while crews worked the scene.
and#8212; Kevin MacMillan contributed to this report.