COARSEGOLD – Three vehicles were involved in two separate accidents that brought traffic to a stop on Highway 41 just south of Yosemite Springs Parkway this afternoon.
Just after 2:30 p.m., a northbound Toyota Highlander, driven by a resident of Mariposa, slowed to make a left turn onto Road 207. That vehicle was rear-ended by a Scion hatchback driven by a resident of Yosemite National Park, according to CHP.
As northbound traffic backed up and stopped due to the crash, a Chevy HHR, driven by a Fresno resident, was going to be unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the stalled traffic ahead, so he swerved off the road and up the embankment, damaging the front end of the Chevy in the process.
The Chevy came back down the embankment and came to rest blocking the southbound lane. Due to the damage to the front end of the SUV, CHP were unable to shove it out of the roadway, and one-lane traffic control was put in place until the vehicle could be moved.
No one was injured in either accident, but traffic was backed up in both directions for about 30 minutes.