Two injured after sled crashes into parked car near Lake Tahoe
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Two people were injured in a New Year’s Eve sledding accident near Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
A sled collided with a vehicle parked along Highway 431 near the area of Mt. Rose Meadows/Sheeps Flat, a few miles north of Incline Village, at about 11:45 a.m. Thursday, said North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown.
One sledder was taken to a Reno’s Renown Regional Medical Center by Care Flight helicopter, and the second was transported by an NLTFPD ground ambulance, Brown said.
No other information, including extent of injuries and ages of those hurt, was immediately available.
The relatively flat section of the Mt. Rose Highway at Sheeps Flat is a popular recreation area, with sledding families typically enjoying the hill on the west side of the highway (in which sleds travel toward traffic), and cross-country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts on the east side.
“During the holidays, we have a lot people in town, and there’s definitely a lot of recreation taking place … people need to use extra caution,” Brown said.
While the speed limit on 431 is 55 mph, the section of highway at Sheeps Flat is regulated to 25 mph during busy tourist days, as was the case Thursday.