Thursday, 21 September 2023

Several injured in Highway 53 crash

CLEARLAKE – A major head-on collision on Highway 53 Thursday afternoon left several people injured, according to police.

The crash occurred at approximately 2:18 p.m. on Highway 53 at the intersection with Olympic Drive, said Lt. Mike Hermann of the Clearlake Police Department.

Hermann said the driver of a Toyota Camry, driving northbound, made a left turn in front of a PT Cruiser driver southbound.

The PT Cruiser's driver had to be extricated, said Hermann. Three adult passengers in the vehicle complained of minor to moderate pain, with two of them set to be airlifted out of the county for medical care.

“There may be some major injuries, definitely some broken bones,” Hermann said.

A small infant also was riding in the vehicle, said Hermann, and it was taken to Redbud Community Hospital as a precautionary measure to check for possible injuries.

The Camry's driver also was transported to Redbud Community Hospital, said Hermann, due to complaints of pain and minor to moderate injuries.

The names of the parties injured in the crash were not yet available, he said.

Hermann said it's believed this crash was caused by inattention on the part of the driver who turned into the oncoming car's path.

The Highway 53 and Olympic Drive intersection has been the site of several major crashes, including one in June which injured several dialysis patients riding in a taxi minivan. One of the patients died the next day after having been transported to Sonoma County for care, as Lake County News has reported.

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