2015-03-19 / Front Page

Three escape collision with minor injuries

First responders rushed on the morning of Tuesday, March 24 to assist a 37-year-old woman who received minor injuries when she was struck from behind by a Jeep Grand Cherokee. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)  First responders rushed on the morning of Tuesday, March 24 to assist a 37-year-old woman who received minor injuries when she was struck from behind by a Jeep Grand Cherokee. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE) Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 2:15 p.m. - Two motorists and a child passenger survived a wreck on Highway 49 South this morning with scrapes and bruises despite one vehicle plummeting close to 50 feet down an embankment.

The incident occured around 8 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 49 South and Pegleg Road. It happened when a Honda Accord traveling north slowed to make a left turn onto Pegleg. A Jeep Grand Cherokee following the Honda failed to slow in time and smashed into the first vehicle's rear. The Jeep then kept going, and careened down an embankment on the opposite side of the highway.

Inside the Jeep were a 31-year-old woman and a 5-year-old girl. Both walked away with minor injuries.

All three people injured in the wreck were transported to John C. Fremont Hospital for treatment and observation. 

The incident underlines the need for motorists to always keep their eyes on the road, local CHP Officer Steven Lewis said. 

"Driving is a complex task (and) requir(es) a driver's full attention," Lewis said.

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