BASS LAKE — A two vehicle accident this afternoon near the Bass Lake Courthouse reduced Road 274 to one lane traffic for over an hour and ended in a DUI arrest.
At 4:46 p.m., Mary Dalane, 40, of Chula Vista, California, was southbound on Road 274 at a stated speed of 45 to 50 miles per hour in a 2016 Subaru sedan. Jaquel Adams, 46, of Oakhurst, was northbound approaching Road 331 in a 2009 Chevy Impala.
According to CHP, Adams crossed into the southbound lane colliding head-on with the Subaru, causing her car to then rotate out of control and slam into a tree. The Impala came to rest blocking the southbound lane.
Cal Fire Engine 4254 and Madera County Fire Squad 18 responded to the scene along with Sierra Ambulance. Madera County Fire Engine 12 set up a landing zone at the nearby mini-storage where SkyLife One air ambulance set down.
Adams was airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center and was charged with Driving Under the Influence, according to CHP at the scene.
Alice Cunanan, 57, also of Chula Vista, was a right-front seat passenger in the Subaru. She complained of neck and chest pain, and was transported by ground ambulance to CRMC.
Both patients were conscious and alert at the time of transport.
A second passenger in the Subaru, Cynthia Madiong, 51, also of Chula Vista, was reportedly not injured, nor was the driver.
CHP at the scene noted several beer cans scattered around the wrecked Impala, and there was a strong odor of alcohol. Though there was a child’s stroller and a tiny etch-a-sketch in the roadway near the car, there were no other passengers in the vehicle.
One-lane traffic control was put in place for just over an hour as the scene was clear and the patients transported. Both vehicles appeared to be totaled.