COARSEGOLD — A four-vehicle accident blocked the northbound lane of Highway 41 for over an hour this evening just north of Yosemite Springs Parkway.
Just before 9 p.m., a driver was southbound in a GMC Yukon entering the curve approaching Mecca Lane.
According to CHP, the driver of the Yukon drifted across the double yellow lines and into oncoming traffic where he sideswiped a northbound 2009 Hyundai Sonata, driven by a 66-year-old man, and a 2016 Ford F150 driven by a 71-year-old man, both of Coarsegold. There were reportedly female passengers in both vehicles.
Both northbound drivers took evasive action, hitting the brakes and moving off onto the narrow right shoulder of the road as far as possible, but were unable to avoid the collision.
A third northbound vehicle — a Honda CRV — hit the debris in the roadway. The Honda was driven by a Coarsegold woman whose husband was in the back of the car with a 6-month-old baby, said CHP at the scene. Fortunately, no one suffered any serious injuries.
The driver of the Yukon was transported to a Valley hospital with complaints of pain.
Cal Fire and Madera County Fire Engines responded from Coarsegold and Yosemite Lakes Park, and after assessing all those involved in the crash, firefighters implemented one-lane traffic control as CHP investigated the accident.
The northbound lane was reopened at about 10 p.m.