Tuesday, 16 April 2024

Local men injured in head-on collision

Local resident Greg Dills took this picture of the collision that occurred on Friday, January 22, 2010. He said he was about sixth on the scene, and when he arrived steam was still coming of the vehicles, emergency vehicles pulled up few minutes later. He took the above photo before he turned around and used Soda Bay Road to get home.



were injured in a head-on traffic collision that occurred Friday afternoon near Kelseyville.

Gregory Austin, 42, of Clearlake, Nicolas Chavez, 26, of Hidden Valley Lake, and 30-year-old Clearlake resident Sunny Gardner sustained injuries in the crash, which occurred just before 3 p.m. Friday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Tanguay.

Austin was driving his 2000 Toyota Corolla southbound on Highway 29, south of the portion of Highway 175 that leads to Cobb. According to the report, as Austin was traveling southbound, he lost control of his vehicle for an unknown reason.

Tanguay said Austin's Toyota crossed over the painted solid double yellow lines and struck the 1997 Ford F-250 truck that was pulling a U-Haul trailer and was driven by Chavez.

The two vehicles came to rest blocking both lanes of traffic of Highway 29 in front of Kelseyville Auto Salvage, Tanguay said.

REACH air ambulance transported Austin to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for two possibly broken legs, Tanguay said. Gardner, a passenger in the Toyota, sustained minor lacerations and complained of pain. Chavez also complained of pain and sustained minor injuries.

All three men were wearing their seatbelts in this collision and the air bag in the Toyota was deployed, said Tanguay.

The CHP said alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this collision.

Officer Jake Bushey is investigating the crash.

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