The California Highway Patrol reports that an accident this afternoon on Highway 89 at the Calpine Summit injured three individuals. According to the CHP, James Sweeney, 80, of Los Gatos was driving a Toyota 4-Runner northbound, but for an unknown reason crossed completely into the southbound lane and collided head on with a Ford F-350 occupied by Ian Baxter, 55, and Mark O’Camb, 51, of Sacramento. All three were transported to Renown Medical Center in Reno.
A CHP officer who responded to the scene, said it did not appear that Sweeney fell asleep, nor did drugs or alcohol play a part. The officer said that when Sweeney rounded the curve, he saw the grill of a vehicle and then there was the impact. Due to his age, his license will be evaluated by the DMV.
The three individuals didn’t display signs of significant injuries, the officer said, but they were sent to Renown due to the massive nature of the impact.
Highway 89 was closed for about 30 minutes and then reopened to one-way traffic as debris was cleared from the roadway.