Accident apparently caused by intoxicated driver |

Accident apparently caused by intoxicated driver

A drunken driver apparently crossed the center line hit a woman in a Ford van traveling eastbound on U.S. Highway 50 near Sierra at Tahoe Road Monday morning .

Dorothy Mason, a 59-year-old from Topaz, Calif., was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital where her injuries were treated and she was released.

Samuel Wrzesinski, a 31-year-old from Pollack Pines, Calif., was cited for drunken driving by California Highway Patrol after he hit Mason’s car head on with a 1985 Ford LTD.

Wrzesinski was taken by Careflight helicopter to Washoe Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.

Witnesses reportedly told CHP officers that Wrzesinski was weaving in and out of his lane before the collision occurred. CHP said he was driving 55 mph when he hit Mason.

Officers reported that they had to close one lane of traffic because of the wreck, but when the Careflight helicopter landed at the scene both lanes were closed for about 20 minutes.

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