Driver in crash near Sierra-at-Tahoe was driving 20 mph over speed limit |

Driver in crash near Sierra-at-Tahoe was driving 20 mph over speed limit

A motorist was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit on U.S. 50 near Twin Bridges when she collided with another vehicle causing major injuries.

The crash, which ultimately involved three vehicles and a total of four people, led to two people being transported to Barton Hospital. Another person was airlifted to Renown in Reno, according to an accident report released by the California Highway Patrol on Monday — more than a week after the crash.

A 55-year-old woman from San Martin was driving a Toyota Sienna westbound on U.S. 50, east of Sierra-at-Tahoe Road at a stated speed of 75 mph on July 29. The posted speed limit in the area is 55 mph, according to CHP.

At the same time, a 57-year-old woman from Camino, California was driving eastbound in a Toyota Land Cruiser east of Sierra-at-Tahoe Road.

She was traveling at an unknown speed. The driver’s husband also was in the vehicle, according to the crash report.

A 29-year-old man from Van Nuys, California was traveling 50-55 mph in a Mazda 3 behind the Land Cruiser.

The woman driving the Sienna used the two-way left turn lane to pass a vehicle. After passing the vehicle, she steered the Sienna back into the westbound lane, but allowed her right tires to travel onto the north shoulder.

That led the woman to abruptly turn the Sienna to the left toward the eastbound lane, according to CHP.

The front end of the Sienna struck the side of the Land Cruiser, sending debris toward the Mazda 3. The debris hit the vehicle but the driver did not suffer any injuries, according to the report. The driver parked on the south shoulder east of the collision.

The Sienna continued in a southwesterly direction before coming to a stop on the south shoulder east of Sierra-at-Tahoe Road. The Land Cruiser went in the same direction and came to a rest on the dirt shoulder.

No arrests were made in the crash, according to CHP.


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