Drivers airlifted from crash near Shandon

July 9, 2014

helicopterA 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.

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The Jetta hit the Escape and then a Peterbilt truck, but the driver only suffered minor lacerations. The Escape driver admittedly went off the road and suffered major injuries.

My next car may be a Jetta! This says a lot about their safety especially when the driver isn’t that great..

Beyond that, my heartfelt wishes to all for a speedy recovery.

Someone please contact Capps office, we need immediate legislation banning passing so this never happens again.

And/or legislation banning ownership and possession of Volkswagen Jettas. That, of course, would then eliminate all traffic accidents, make the nation safe for road travel, and assure us all of lives full of nothing but peace, happiness, harmony and understanding.

I also hope they ban fishing, in the village.