COARSEGOLD – A single-vehicle accident on Road 415 this afternoon at about 5:12 p.m., resulted in major injuries to the driver, and shut down Road 415 for about 90 minutes.
On Tuesday, Apr. 9, Velma Adkins, 85, of Raymond, was westbound on Road 415 in a 2005 Toyota Tundra, just west of Sesame Street, at what she told CHP was about 40 mph.For unknown reasons, as Adkins was negotiating a curve to the left, she veered off the road and hit the embankment on the right side of the road, causing the vehicle to flip onto the driver’s side and skid across the roadway.
Adkins apparently had her left arm out the open window, and suffered severe damage to her arm as the pickup slid down the road. It was severed below the elbow. She was pinned in the vehicle and emergency personnel used the Jaws of Life to cut to top off the truck.
Adkins was conscious as she was freed from the vehicle, and was able to give a statement to CHP at the scene, even though she was suffering from major injuries, according to Sgt. Ed Greene.
Two dogs were also passengers in the pickup, but neither was injured. The CHP thought they would have to call Animal Control, but someone who knew Adkins offered to take the dogs home and take care of them.
A SkyLife helicopter was dispatched, and landed in the middle of Road 415 to airlift the victim to Community Regional Medical Center.
Cal Fire, Madera County Fire Department, Sierra Ambulance, CHP and Madera County Sheriff’s Office personnel all responded to the scene.
No other vehicles were involved and the accident is still under investigation.