Colfax teen wounded in Weimar crash

By: Jenifer Gee
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An accident that left two teens in “serious” condition also closed a Placer County road overnight. A portion of Placer Hills Road remained closed Friday morning after a vehicle smashed into a telephone pole and came to a rest on an oak tree with its teen passengers trapped inside. The solo-vehicle accident happened at about 8:10 p.m. Aug. 27 on Placer Hills Road just north of Peaceful Valley Road in Weimar, according to Officer David Martinez, California Highway Patrol spokesman. The accident involved two minors: one a 17-year-old Colfax male who was driving his 1986 white Toyota pickup and the other a 17-year-old female Nevada City resident who was riding as the passenger, Martinez said. The Record is withholding their names due to their minor status. Chief Ian Gow of the Placer Hills Fire Department said the vehicle was “totaled” after it crashed through a telephone cable pole and ended up against an oak tree. Gow said the driver was transported to the Sutter Roseville Hospital emergency room in stable condition. The female passenger had to be extricated from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life, but fire crews were able to stabilize her on scene, Gow said. She was also transported to Sutter Roseville Hospital. Both were listed in “serious” condition Frida, but were discharged earlier this week. Martinez said “speed was a factor” in the accident that happened on a road that has a posted 35 mph speed limit. He said authorities do not believe alcohol was involved. Martinez said the 17-year-old male driver was traveling north on Placer Hills Road when he came up to a few curves in the road. The driver lost control when the pickup’s right-side tires ran off the roadway. The truck then skidded on its side down the road, “just missing” another vehicle traveling southbound, Martinez said. Martinez said the front end of the truck clipped a telephone pole, which spun the truck around and finally the passenger side of the truck “t-boned” a tree. The passenger suffered “major injuries,” Martinez said while the driver had abrasions to his shoulder. He reportedly told officers on scene that he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. As a result of the accident, cable and phone lines fell across the road, which forced its closure, Gow said. Gow said California Highway Patrol Officers as well as cable phone company crews remained on scene after the fire department was released at about 9 p.m. Kate Crane, a Meadow Vista resident, said she came upon the scene at about 8 last night. She was driving home from back to school night at Weimar Middle School when she and a line of cars were turned around at the site of the accident, Crane said Friday. Crane said the road was still closed Friday morning when she went to drop of first her son and then her daughter at their respective schools. “It looked pretty serious,” Crane said. “The gentleman turning everyone around said a girl was stuck in a car and they were trying to get her out.” Crane said she remained concerned about the accident the next day. “I’m thinking we’re such a small community,” Crane said. “I was really worried that I knew the victims.”