Woman airlifted from North County crash
February 19, 2014
Emergency personnel airlifted a woman early Tuesday morning from a car crash on Highway 46. [Tribune]
Around 4:13 a.m. Tuesday, a woman driving east on Highway 46 near Gruenhagen Flat veered into the westbound lane and clipped a Peterbuilt truck heading west. The collision caused the woman and her female passenger to become trapped in their vehicle.
Responders used power tools to free the women from the wreckage. The driver suffered major injuries, and a CALSTAR air ambulance airlifted her to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. The identity of the driver has not been released, and her condition was unknown as of Tuesday afternoon.
The passenger, 23-year-old Paso Robles resident Maria Murillo, suffered minor injuries. Responders transported her to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.
The driver of the truck, a 44-year-old Newark, California resident, did not suffer any injuries.
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash and has not ruled out alcohol as a possible cause. The injured driver could face criminal charges.