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Single vehicle accident sends Taylorsville family to the hospital

Dan McDonald
Staff Writer
4/25/2011

Two people are hospitalized with critical injuries and four others suffered minor injuries after a single-vehicle accident involving six family members from Taylorsville Sunday evening, April 24.

Sesha Putnam, 30, and Mia Harris, 10, were life-flighted to Renown hospital in Reno. Their official condition is unknown.

According to a family member, Putnam suffered a broken back and was being prepared for surgery Monday morning.

Harris underwent surgery on her leg Sunday night, according to the family member.

Four other family members in the vehicle — Paul Harris Jr., Dominique Potts, Darian Potts and Andrew Putnam — sustained minor injuries, according to the family member and the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reported the accident happened on Highway 89 near Forgay Road on a stretch of road known as the Crescent Grade about 7:50 p.m. The driver of the 2001 Chevy Tahoe lost control of the vehicle while traveling south at approximately 50 mph.

The report stated that the driver “jerked the steering wheel to the right to scare the passengers.”

The driver lost control and the Tahoe veered off the edge of the road and began to fishtail.

The driver then “over-corrected” and the vehicle began to spin counterclockwise and crossed the roadway into the northbound lane.

The vehicle struck the east guardrail and overturned onto its roof, coming to rest facing north on Forgay Road.

The driver and a passenger were critically injured, according to the report.

Renown spokesman Dan Davis said he was not able to update the victims’ condition Monday morning, citing federal patient privacy regulations.

Two male passengers were taken to Plumas District Hospital, according to the CHP report.

The two critically injured people had been wearing seat belts. Two of the four who suffered minor injuries had not been wearing seat belts, according to the CHP.

 

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