Tahoe drivers escape serious injuries
Three drivers in ice-related car crashes escaped major injuries during two separate car crashes Monday and Tuesday.
Though there has been a break in precipitation during the last few days, temperatures have continued to drop below freezing at night, creating icy road conditions. Days have been sunny, but roadway spots that remain in the shade longer sometimes remain icy throughout morning hours, occasionally creating unexpected icy patches of road.
Monday’s crash was initially reported over scanner traffic as a head-on collision, but was just short of causing a head-on impact. The collision caused a minor injury and traffic delays on Sierra-At-Tahoe Road from about 9 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m.
A 27-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after reporting complaints of pain to one of her feet, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Wayne Tillman said at the scene.
The crash reportedly occurred when the driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a man in his 40s, was driving uphill on Sierra-At-Tahoe Road. According to Tillman, the man encountered icy road conditions as he was negotiating a right curve and slid onto the incoming traffic lane. The Cherokee then struck the woman’s car, a Honda Civic, on the passenger-side front fender.
The woman was transported to the hospital with what Tillman described as not appearing to be serious injuries.
The driver of the Cherokee did not report injuries at the scene.
The Cherokee sustained significant damage to the front passenger fender and the front axle.
Traffic was limited to one lane for more than an hour-and-a-half until the vehicles were removed from the area.
A crash Tuesday landed a 17-year-old girl in the hospital, but only with what appeared to be minor injuries.
The young driver was headed north on North Upper Truckee Road at about 9 a.m. in a Mitsubishi Montero when she encountered icy road conditions, Tillman said.
The driver lost control and slid toward the right shoulder before the SUV rolled over and came to rest on its roof in a shallow ditch.
The driver complained of pain and was taken to the hospital, but her injuries did not appear to be serious, Tillman said.
In addition to the driver escaping serious injury, the SUV also appeared to have only sustained minor damage.
The scene was cleared within roughly an hour and traffic continued to flow as usual.
The CHP advices drivers to slow down in snow and icy road conditions and to allow for more travel time when driving in those conditions.