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Two-Vehicle Crash Slows Coarsegold Traffic, Drivers Both Injured

COARSEGOLD — An accident in front of the Coarsegold Community Center caused delays and sent two people to the hospital this afternoon.

Just before 3 p.m., CHP and Fire responded to a two-vehicle accident on Highway 41 at Morava Road.

According to officers at the scene, a 37-year-old Coarsegold woman was northbound on Highway 41 in a 2008 Chevy Tahoe, and moved into the left turn lane at Morava.

A 2014 Toyota Tundra, driven by a 61-year-old Oakhurst woman, was southbound approaching the location at a stated speed of 45 mph.

According to witnesses and evidence at the scene, the Tahoe failed to yield to the oncoming pickup, and turned directly into its path. The driver of the Toyota pickup attempted to avoid the collision by swerving toward the right-hand shoulder, but was struck nearly head-on by the Tahoe.

The Tahoe spun across the road where it came to rest blocking the northbound lane, and the Toyota pickup ended up on the right shoulder of the roadway.

Traffic control was put in place for over an hour as the scene was cleared and the injured parties were readied for transport to valley hospitals.

The driver of the Tahoe was taken by Sierra Ambulance to Community Regional Medical Center for a possible concussion. Her 12-year-old son, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was not injured.

The Oakhurst woman driving the Tundra was transported to Kaiser with complaints of arm, shoulder and chest pain.

There was an event going on at the Coarsegold Community Center, so Morava Road was clogged with traffic as officers interviewed witnesses and took reports, and tow trucks tried to get the roadway cleared. Everything was reopened by about 4 p.m.

The accident remains under investigation.

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