Two Oakhurst women suffer major injuries in head-on collision

-- Staff reportApril 3, 2013 

Two Oakhurst women suffered major injuries from a head-on accident that occurred at about 6:25 a.m. March 31 on Highway 41, north of Yosemite Springs Parkway in Coarsegold.

According to California Highway Patrol, Annette Poplarchick, 41, of Oakhurst was traveling northbound on Highway 41 at about 55 m.p.h., just north of Yosemite Springs Parkway, when for some unknown reason, allowed her 2003 Kia Sedona to drift across the center line while exiting an 's' curve, striking a 2011 Chevy Equinox driven by Kimberly Ann Moore, 45, of Oakhurst, head-on. Moore was also driving at about 55 m.p.h. at the time of the accident and did not have time to react to the vehicle in her lane.

Both women were pined in their vehicles and had to be extracted with the Jaws of Life by emergency personnel. Both women remained conscious after the accident and were airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Both vehicles were totaled.

Poplarchick was returning home after her shift as a security officer at Community Regional Medical Center and Moore, an emergency room nurse at the same hospital, was on her way to work at the time of the accident.

Poplarchick suffered a broken arm and broken hip.

Moore suffered a broken collar bone, broken arm and possible broken leg.

According to the CHP, both women were wearing seat belts and alcohol or drugs were not a factor in the accident.

As of Monday, both women were listed in fair condition.

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