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5 hurt in crash on Kingsbury

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ A two-vehicle accident at the top of Kingsbury Grade closed the road in both directions for more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon.

A two-car accident sent five people to the hospital and backed up traffic for more than an hour on Kingsbury Grade on Wednesday afternoon as a helicopter was summoned and debris cleared.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Morris said four teenagers were in a green Honda Civic that collided with an Acura Legend occupied only by its driver.

The Civic was trying to make a left turn on North Benjamin when it collided with the Legend traveling west on Kingsbury Grade around 2:20 p.m., Morris said.

The driver’s and passenger’s airbag went off in the Civic. The Legend didn’t have one.

The driver of the Honda, 16-year-old Aaron Williams of Stateline, was cited on suspicion of failure to yield the right-of-way, Morris said.

A passenger in the Honda, Krischelle Abrera, 17, was flown to Washoe Medical Center for treatment. Two other passengers, Krizamae Abrera, 16; and Stephanie Betts, 16; both of Stateline, were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Legend, 55-year-old Frankie Mayfield, also was taken to Barton.

“They’re all going to be OK,”Morris said.

No alcohol was involved in the crash and everyone was wearing seat belts, Morris said.

“That’s probably what saved them from more serious injuries,” Morris said. “It could have been much worse.”

– Tribune staff writers William Ferchland and Elaine Goodman contributed to this report.

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