Drivers airlifted from crash near Shandon
July 9, 2014
A California Highway Patrol helicopter airlifted two drivers injured in a three-car crash on Highway 46 near Shandon Tuesday morning.
CHP officers responded to a collision on Highway 46 east of Shandon at about 9 a.m. Tuesday. A woman driving a Volkswagen Jetta allegedly crossed yellow lines to pass a vehicle and crashed head on into oncoming traffic.
The Jetta hit a Ford Escape, which left the highway and went down an embankment. After colliding with the Escape, the Jetta hit another vehicle, a Peterbilt truck.
The driver of the Escape, a 65-year-old El Monte man, suffered major injuries, including a broken pelvis. The injuries did not appear to be life threatening.
A CHP helicopter airlifted the driver of the Escape, as well as the Jetta driver to a hospital.
A 24-year-old Salinas woman was driving the Jetta. She suffered minor lacerations to her hand and pain in her arm.
The CHP also took two juvenile passengers in the Jetta to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
The driver of the truck did not suffer any injuries.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing, but CHP officers do not suspect that drugs and alcohol were factors.