COARSEGOLD — A two-vehicle accident on Highway 41 sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries on Memorial Day.
On Monday, May 27 at about 2:45 p.m., Coarsegold resident Tristin Jacobs, 21, was driving a 1998 Mazda truck, traveling southbound on Highway 41 north of Yosemite Springs Parkway, according to CHP.
A 2017 Ford F150 driven by Elizabeth Ellston, 48, and carrying one passenger, was stopped to make a left turn in the southbound lane of Highway 41, directly ahead of the Mazda.
The Mazda’s driver attempted to stop but was unsuccessful, says CHP, and his vehicle collided with the right rear end of the Ford. The Mazda continued off the west edge of the highway, landing about 50 feet off the road on its roof.
The passenger in the Ford, also listed as Elizabeth Ellston, 19, suffered what were reported as possibly major injuries and was transported to a hospital by LifeFlight. Both Ellstons are listed as residents of Coarsegold.
Both drivers, Ellston and Jacobs, were transported by ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center with moderate to major injuries.
Highway 41 was closed while the site was cleared, and both lanes were reopened by approximately 3:37 p.m.
The accident remains under investigation.