CHP investigating three-car Highway 49 accident

Collision sent five to local hospitals
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A three-car accident on Highway 49 left some of the passengers and one driver involved with minor to moderate injuries. On Tuesday, Officer Heather Blancarte, spokeswoman for the Grass Valley California Highway Patrol office, said that officers are still investigation the cause of the accident that sent five people to area hospitals with complaints of pain but no visible injuries. The accident happened at about 6:50 p.m. Sunday when a gray Ford 500, driven by Abrea Harritt, 24, of Nevada City, was turning left onto Combie Road from southbound Highway 49 and collided with a white GMC truck driven by Douglas Carver, 54, of Smartville. Carver was driving in the No. 1 lane northbound on Highway 49 at the time, Blancarte said. “It’s still under investigation as to which car was violating the right of way,” Blancarte said Tuesday. “They collided real close to head-on.” Harritt and four of Carver’s passengers were transported to Sutter Auburn Faith and Sutter Roseville hospitals for their minor to moderate injuries, Blancarte said. A third vehicle, stopped at a traffic light, was hit in the collision after Harritt’s vehicle spun around, Blancarte said. No one in the idle Honda CRV was injured and the vehicle’s driver, 60-year-old Robert Evers of Auburn, drove away from the scene. Jenifer Gee can be reached at