NORTH FORK – A driver headed down the hill into South Fork apparently did so in the wrong lane, crashed into an oncoming car, and was arrested for driving under the influence.
Just after 9:30 p.m., Jan Orosco, 56, of North Fork, was westbound on Road 225 just past Cascadel Road (Road 223) in a 1998 Ford F150, but was reportedly driving in the eastbound lane.
John Glenos, 72, also of North Fork, was eastbound in a 2004 Toyota Highlander, headed up the hill just passing Douglas Ranger Station Road.
That’s when he saw the Ford truck coming straight at him, he says.
Glenos swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid a head-on collision with the truck, but was struck in the right rear passenger door and quarter panel.
Both vehicles came to rest blocking the center and westbound lanes of Road 225 between Cascadel and Douglas Ranger Station Roads, scattering debris across the entire roadway in their wake.
Orosco was determined to be under the influence of alcohol by CHP, and after being evaluated and cleared by Sierra Ambulance personnel, was placed under arrest for DUI.
Glenos was not injured in the crash, but this is the second time in four months that the car he was driving has been hit by another vehicle.
The roadway was cleared and the F150 towed away. Glenos would attempt to drive home, though his right rear tire was flat.
There was a female passenger in the F150, though she too was reportedly uninjured.