On January 13, 2019 at approximately 7:13 p.m.,Candis Thomas, 31 of Portola was driving a Jeep SUV westbound on SR-70 just east of the Sleepy Pines Motel. Thomas stated she was distracted and looking back at her chil in the rear seat and she allowed the Jeep to drift off onto the right shoulder. The Jeep drifted onto the north shoulder which was covered in snow. The Jeep continued in a westerly direction and collided with rock wall and then a wood power pole. The Jeep came to rest on its wheels. Thomas and her two children exited the Jeep on their own. The owner of the Sleepy Pines Motel called 911 and reported the collision. Emergency crews arrived and Candis Thomas was transported to Renown Medical Center with a fractured left arm. Her hildren, ages 12 and 9, had no injuries.
On January 15, 2019 at 7:45 p.m., Larry Binns, 72 of Clio was driving a 1976 Porsche northbound on SR-89 toward the Plumas/Sierra County line. It was snowing and snow had accumulated upon the roadway surface. Caltrans had snow plows active and R-2 chain controls in effect for this section of highway. The vehicle was not equipped with snow chains and was not a four-wheel drive vehicle. He lost control causing the vehicle to cross over the southbound lane and leave the west roadway edge and down a steep embankment. The Porsche came to rest approximately 100 feet down the embankment upon impacting a tree. Binns was not wearing a seatbelt and was injured during this collision. He was subsequently transported to Renown Medical Center in Reno with major injuries.