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Seat belts save lives

Amanda Fehd
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Two people were injured in an accident and one woman was arrested on Emerald Bay Road just south of the "Y."
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Seat belts were given credit for keeping five passengers uninjured in an accident which involved a Ford Explorer that flipped at least three times at 5:30 p.m. on Emerald Bay road on Sunday. The driver of the other car was arrested on suspicion of two crimes: felony driving under the influence of a controlled substance and for being under the influence, said Sgt. Brian Williams.

One man was sent to Barton Hospital for minor injuries.

Five people crawled out relatively unharmed from the Explorer, registered from Walnut Creek, after it collided with a four-door Chrysler, which allegedly turned in front of them near D Street as they were traveling westbound on the highway.

Jenna Dyer, 27, of South Lake Tahoe, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence after a 15-minute conversation with an officer.

A dog is still missing. Bella, a blond, thin and small German shepherd-like canine, ran toward Ernie’s coffee shop after the Explorer collided with the car and its back popped open. The dog has tags with its name and owner’s information.

“I’m so thankful they are OK,” said Dyer, a few minutes after receiving a hug from one of the passengers of the Explorer, who told her it would “all be OK.”

The five were returning from a day of rock climbing at 90-foot wall near Emerald Bay.

Christie Lee was in the Explorer when it flipped three times.

“I remember seeing her right in front of us and then we went flying,” Lee said. “I was just trying to brace myself and hold on.”

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