On December 18, 2016 shortly before 2:20 a.m., a male driver was driving a 2008 Audi northbound on US-395 north of mile post marker 395 LAS 7.50. At the same time a male driver was driving a 2002 Chevrolet southbound on US-395 approaching the Audi. For reasons yet to be determined, the driver of the Audi allowed the Audi to cross over the solid double yellow lines of US-395 into the path of the southbound Chevrolet. A portion f the front of the Audi collided with a portion of the front of the Chevrolet. Both vehicles were severely damaged during this collision, resulting in fatal injuries to four individuals. One individual was flown by Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada for treatment.
This collision is being investigated by officers from The California Highway Patrol Quincy Area. Employees from the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, REMSA, Sierra Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County Animal Control responded to the scene of this collision to provide assistance.
The California Highway Patrol Quincy Area thanks all of the individuals from the many agencies who responded to the scene and provided invaluable assistance. Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of thos involved in this tragic collision.
On December 16, 2016 Patrick Bonnett, 63 of Portola was driving his 1997 Dodge pickup truck at approximately 3:44 p.m. northbound on US-395 in the #1 lane at 55-60 mph. The roadway was icy and Bonnett lost control and the Dodge spun in a counter clockwise direction and traveled in a northwesterly direction as it left the west road edge. The Dodge rolled over and came to rest on its roof, facing west within the center divide of US-395. Bonnett had to be extradited from the vehicle by fire and medical personnel due to the extreme damage to the passenger compartment from the collision. Bonnett was transported to Renown Medical Center with spinal fractures.