On November 17, 2017 at 6:10 a.m. Wilson Rodriguez, 32 of Portola was driving a 2001 Subaru southbound on County Road A23. It as snowing at the time and the roadway was icy. He was traveling at an unsafe speed for the roadway and weather conditions. As a result, the tires of the vehicle broke traction with the roadway, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle which swerved out of control over the west roadway edge and collided with a fence at the bottom of an embankment. He was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured. There were no chain controls on County Road A23 and the driver was equipped with M&S rated tires.
On November 17, at 12:20 on SR-89 south of Hideaway Road driver was backing her vehicle out of the steep driveway at her residence and failed to maintain control. The vehicle continued down the driveway and directly across both lanes of SR-89. The vehicle left the east side of the roadway and collided with a tree. The vehicle came to rest after colliding with the tree. The driver was transported to Plumas District Hospital for minor injuries. The vehicle was towed back to her residence in Grenville.
On November 19, 2017 at 9:03 on SR-89 8 miles south of Cold Creek Campground, Emma M. Baumbach, 21, of Portola and her passenger, Michael J. Dennison, 21 of Portola, were traveling southbound on SR-89 in her 2005 For Explorer at a stated seed of 50-55 mph when she encountered a section of icy roadway at the Cold Creek Bridge. As Baumbach began to negotiate a left hand curve at the bridge, her vehicle’s tires lost traction with the icy roadway. Baumbach subsequently lost control of the Ford and she was unable to recover as the Ford traveled off the west side of the road, entered a drainage ditch, and collide with a dirt/rock embankment. After the collision, Baumbach and her passenger were able to exit the Ford through a rolled down window and a passerby stopped to offer assistance.
On November 21, at 3 p.m. on Lemon Canyon Road at Sierra Hot Springs Road, Chandler Leonard, 19 of Grass Valley, CA was driving his 1996 Toyota at an unsafe speed. Due to Leonard’s unsafe speed he was unable to negotiate the left turn at the intersection onto Lemon Canyon Road. The Toyota traveled across Lemon Canyon Road in a northern direction and down a negative grade dirt embankment. The Toyota rolled over and came to rest on its left side, facing in a westerly direction, north of Lemon Canyon Road. Leonard and his passenger, Jarek Steffen, 20, of Penn Valley, CA climbed out the Toyota and were uninjured from the collision.