Moderate injuries in Highway 267 wreck |

Moderate injuries in Highway 267 wreck

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

Two vehicles collided on Highway 267 near Northstar-a-Tahoe on Friday morning causing moderate injuries to the two drivers, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The driver of an Oldsmobile traveling south on the highway lost control of his vehicle during what he reported as a malfunction of his steering system. The vehicle turned into the opposite lane and broadsided a Ford Contour. Both vehicles slid off of the highway and the Ford rolled over several times.

The Oldsmobile driver refused medical treatment, but the driver of the Ford was treated for a possible fracture of his leg, said CHP Officer Steve Skeen.

“We’re really lucky it wasn’t a double fatal,” Skeen said.

The accident comes just before the highway patrol begins a zero tolerance enforcement program for speeding, seat belts and drunk driving. From San Francisco to the Nevada state line on Interstate 80, officers will have a maximum enforcement period up for the holiday, said Skeen.

“We’ll be out there looking, and we want people to designate a driver,” Skeen said.

Highway patrol officers from Sacramento and Auburn will be in Truckee over the weekend, helping the local law enforcement with the holiday crowds, Skeen said.