A woman and her 5 young passengers escaped serious injury Saturday, Aug. 18, when the Ford Taurus sedan she was driving, southbound, crashed into the back of a pickup near the top of Deadwood on Highway 41, about two miles south of Oakhurst.The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that the driver of the pickup was transported to St. Agnes hospital in Fresno, with unknown injuries. No one else involved in the crash was transported at the time.
Three units from the California Highway Patrol, as well as two Cal Fire vehicles, Sierra Ambulance and two tow trucks responded to the wreck, which was reported at 12:46 p.m.
The road was closed in both directions for about 30 minutes while emergency workers stabilized and transported the injured driver of the pickup. The driver and passengers in the Taurus were examined by EMTs on the scene and released.
According to witnesses at the scene, a vehicle had slowed to turn left onto Road 425B, and several vehicles behind it were nearly stopped, awaiting the turn. At that time, the Taurus struck the back of a Chevrolet pickup at the end of the line, causing significant damage to the front of the car, witnesses said. The children were reported to range in age from toddlers through about age 10.
Officials are not releasing the names of either driver at this time.