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Two Crashes Block Mountain Roads

OAKHURST – A two vehicle accident in front of Old Corral Groceries stopped traffic for about an hour this morning as first responders worked to clear the scene and evaluate those involved.

At 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 6, William Warner, 72, of Glendale, was pulling out from the store in a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, turning left to head west on Road 222.

Town and Country MinivanThough he noted that no traffic was coming from the right, he apparently did not see the silver Chrysler Town and County minivan coming up the hill, eastbound.

The driver of the minivan, Eli Cornett, 36, of Coarsegold, swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the pickup, but the two vehicles collided in the middle of the road, blocking all lanes of traffic, and closing down Road 222 intermittently for about an hour.

No one required transport for injuries, and the scene was cleared by about 9:45 a.m.

On Saturday, July 5, a crash along Highway 41 in Oakhurst closed that road down completely for about an hour.

Just after 8 p.m., a collision between what was reportedly a minivan and a dirt bike occurred near El Cid on the north end of Oakhurst.

When Sierra Ambulance arrived on scene, the victim was being tended to by bystanders. He sustained multiple injuries, including a head injury and possible fractures to both arms. He was wearing a helmet, which probably saved his life, according to first responders.

The injured man was transported to the landing zone behind Vons, where he was transferred to a SkyLife air ambulance and taken to Community Regional Medical Center’s trauma center.

Traffic was backed up for miles in both directions as the injured motorcyclist was prepared for transport, and CHP conducted their investigation.

The name of the 28-year-old injured rider is not available at this time.

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