Two seriously hurt after head-on collision at Lake Tahoe
October 21, 2014
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Two local residents suffered major injuries following a head-on collision Saturday afternoon near the California-Nevada border on Lake Tahoe's North Shore.
Alexander M. Bell, 30, of Kings Beach, and John M. McKnight, 68, of Carnelian Bay, each broke their femurs when their vehicles collided at about 4:40 p.m. on Highway 28 near Beaver Street in Kings Beach, according to California Highway Patrol.
Bell, who was driving a 1998 Ford Explorer, let his vehicle unsafely cross into oncoming traffic, directly into the path of McKnight's 1991 Chevrolet Silverado. Both men were wearing seatbelts, said Pete Mann, Truckee's CHP public information officer.
Bell and McKnight were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center by Care Flight helicopter.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected, Mann said.
Both lanes of traffic were closed for about an hour following the collision. Meanwhile, traffic was turned around at the scene, Mann said.
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Officials from CHP, North Tahoe Fire Protection District and the Placer County Sheriff's Office responded.