On June 14, 2018 at 3:35 p.m., Timothy Bruton of Lake Forest, CA was driving his 2012 Toyota Camry eastbound on SR-70 just east of the SR-89 (Blairsden) Junction. Bruton had activated his left turn signal and slowed in preparation to make a left turn into a driveway. Clayton Benedict, 63, of Quincy was driving a Plumas County Public Works Dodge pickup truck east bound SR-70 to the rear of the Toyota Camry. Benedict began slowing due to the Camry slowing in front of him. Michael Knabe, 44 of Portola was driving a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound SR-70 to the rear of the Dodge pickup truck at an unsafe speed. Knabe did not slow appropriately for traffic that was slowing in front of him and the Hyundai struck the rear of the Dodge which subsequently struck the rear of the Toyota. Knabe sustained major injuries in this collision as a result of his not wearing his seatbelt. Knabe was transported to Renown Medical Center. All other occupants in this collision were wearing their seatbelts and did not sustain any injuries.
On June 14th at 6:08 p.m., Lorene Wilk, 56 of Burlingame, CA was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe northbound on SR-89 south of Sierraville at an unknown speed. Patrick Pellerin, 51 of Taylorsville was driving a 2009 Kenworth tractor with a 33-foot dump trailer southbound on SR-89 and north of Wilk at approx. 45 mph. For unknown reasons, Wilk permitted her vehicle to cross the solid, double yellow center line. Pellerin attempted to steer the tractor-trailer as far right as he could to avoid a head-on collision, but the left fender of the Tahoe struck the left drive wheels of the Kenworth tractor and the left trailer tires of the double axle trailer. The impact to the rear axles caused the Kenworth to rotate counter-clockwise and directed the tractor-trailer into the northbound lane. Wilk brought the Tahoe to a stop in the north-bound lane south of the collision scene. Pellerin was able to move the Kenworth and trailer to the west shoulder.
On June 19th Issac Martinetti, 33 of Portola at approx. 10:15 p.m. stated he was driving his 2005 Toyota westbound on A-15 at approx. 45 mph. Martinetti made an unsafe turning movement to the right and the Toyota left the south road edge and collided with a dirt embankment. The Toyota rolled over and landed on its wheels.
On June 24th at 9:24 p.m., Grant Fairchild, 25, of Reno, NV was driving northbound on US-395 approximately one mile south of Red Rock Road at 65 mph. Fairchild did not observe the illuminated emergency lights of a CHP patrol vehicle stopped on the side of the road to warn approaching motorists of several loose cattle in the roadway. A loose bull, black in color, ran into the path of the Toyota. Fairchild swerved and braked aggressively, attempting to avoid a collision but he was unable to avoid the bull. As a result of the collision, the Toyota sustained moderate damage to the left side of the vehicle. The bull fled on foot from the scene.
On June 24th, at 10:25 p.m., Ciara O’Driscoll, 25 of Reno, NV was driving southbound on US-395 approx. three miles south of Red Rock Road at 65 mph. A loose, black cow ran into the path of O’Driscoll’s vehicle. O’Driscoll swerved to the right and braked aggressively, attempting to avoid a collision but she was unable to avoid the cow. As a result of the collision, the Hyundai sustained minor damage to the left side of the vehicle. The cow fled on foot from the scene.
On June 26th at 5:45 p.m.Judith Martin, 69, of Graeagle was driving her Subaru eastbound on SR-70 just west of Grizzly Rd. at a stated speed of 65-70 mph. She observed a deer run from the south side of the highway directly into the path of her vehicle. Martin applied the brakes in an effort to avoid colliding with the deer. The deer collided with the right front and right side of her Subaru. Martin stopped, called 911 and reported the collision.