Two cars go off road at Emerald Bay
Two vehicles went careening over the edge of State Route 89 near Emerald Bay on Saturday.
The first, a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, failed to make the 10-mph turn near Eagle Point Campground and drove off the edge of the highway and down a steep embankment at about 6:24 p.m.
The truck reportedly went about 150 feet down the embankment and overturned two or three times before coming to a stop.
Just moments later, the second vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, slid about 5 feet off the pavement and was stopped by a tree from continuing down the slope. The Jeep slid off the road when the driver made a U-turn in the highway to check on the passengers in the pickup truck.
Amazingly, just one person was injured, and she only sustained minor injuries.
Lake Valley fire officials said the passenger of the pickup truck, 22-year-old Amelie Riley, of Windsor, Calif., was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for neck and back injuries. She was treated for cuts and bruises and released that same night. The 23-year-old driver, Brian Mitchell, of Roseville, was was not injured.
Mitchell told California Highway Patrol that he was going about 15 mph around the turn when the brakes in the truck failed. CHP checked the truck after the accident and found that the brake pedal went all the way to the floor without engaging.
The three people in the Jeep Cherokee also suffered no injuries and the car was pulled back onto the road without damage by a tow truck.
South Lake Tahoe Fire Officials said this isn’t the first time a vehicle has gone off the road in that area.
“This is the third accident I’ve been to over there in the last couple of years,” said Curt Warren, battalion chief for Lake Valley Fire District. “And they’ve all been pretty involved.”
There is no guardrail on that section of State Route 89.
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