Eight people suffered injuries in a devastating weekend crash in northern San Luis Obispo County. The California Highway Patrol responded to the scene along Highway 46 shortly before 8 p.m. east of Paso Robles Saturday night on February 12, 2022.
KSBY-TV reports the two-collision accident took place at the intersection of River Grove Drive. Investigators determined that a 49-year-old Nevada woman was driving an SUV south on River Grove when she tried to cross Highway 46. An approaching compact car in the westbound lanes of Highway 46 collided with the SUV. The impact left both vehicles at rest in the fast lane of the highway.
A 62-year-old driver of a van from Paso Robles was also traveling westbound and struck the SUV’s back corner.
Once emergency responders arrived, they found that four passengers in the SUV were injured in the collisions. The driver had to be airlifted to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. The three passengers in her vehicle and the two people in the compact car suffered major injuries. They were also taken to San Luis Obispo.
The two people in the van were transported to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton. The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident. They don’t believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the collisions.
San Luis Obispo County Traffic Accident Dangers
Travelers on busy highways can have their lives placed in jeopardy when they approach intersections from smaller roads. At night, drivers trying to enter the highway may be confused by headlights and misjudge distances. They may also become careless and give far too short a look at oncoming traffic before they pull out.
An ill-timed entering of the highway can lead to a collision. That one impact might also lead to more accidents as traffic approaching from behind has little time to react and stop before colliding with cars from the previous collision.
These dangerous accidents can have devastating results for motorists in San Luis Obispo County. The California Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) recorded 848 vehicle accidents in the county in 2020. According to their count, those collisions led to 1,111 injuries and claimed a tragic 22 lives.
Accidents on local highways and on city streets take a terrible toll on the families that call San Luis Obispo home. Everything that can be done to keep drivers focused on the road can help prevent the far-reaching effects of these all-too-common accidents.
A word for the victims of traffic accidents in San Luis Obispo County…
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, you should be aware of the benefits available to you and your family through an insurance claim. This support should be expected to help with every hospital bill and the time victims miss away from their jobs.
You can read more about these claims on my page about traffic accident claims in San Luis Obispo County.