‘Y’ traffic snarled after two-car crash | TahoeDailyTribune.com

‘Y’ traffic snarled after two-car crash

William Ferchland
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ South Lake Tahoe firefighters/paramedics respond to a two-vehicle head-on collision near the "Y" on Tuesday afternoon.

A Toyota Camry whose driver reportedly mistook an eastbound lane of Lake Tahoe Boulevard as a turn lane collided head-on with a minivan Tuesday, sending at least four people to the hospital and littering the road with car fluid and debris.

Chee Hoo Goh was cited on suspicion of being an unlicensed driver and driving the wrong way, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Marty Hale.

The 2 p.m. crash clogged both directions of Lake Tahoe Boulevard as traffic was squeezed into the two eastbound lanes near the “Y.”

Al Sanders, from Utah, was dropping off a copy of the HBO series “Sex and the City” at Blockbuster Video and making a U-turn in the store’s parking when he heard a loud crash.

Not wanting to disturb the injured, he waited in the parking lot until emergency personnel arrived on scene, Sanders said while looking at the wreckage.

“They’re both totaled,” he said of the cars.

Tish Sorokwasz was a passenger in the Nissan Quest minivan her sister was driving when the accident occurred.

The group was headed home after dropping off a friend’s dishes used for a Fourth of July celebration when the Toyota entered their lane, she said.

“We were screaming,” Sorokwasz said, holding steady by grabbing a small branch. She was later given a neck brace and placed on a backboard.

Barbara Scott, the driver of the Nissan Quest, was not cited, Hale said.

Speeds of both cars were not egregious because of the traffic from people leaving town, said South Lake Tahoe police Sgt. Rick Canale.

“It’s been slow all day,” he said.

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