A head-on wreck at Road 425C and Highway 41 Friday afternoon near the top of Deadwood caused a complete highway closure as crews cleared three damaged vehicles from the crash.
CHP investigating officers said at 1:25 p.m., Maxine Crossley, 83 from Ahwahnee, was traveling northbound in a 2013 white Acura MDX SUV when she drifted two or three feet into the southbound lane.
Crossley first clipped a rearview mirror off of a rented blue 2015 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Frank Sakach from Stow, Ohio, officers said, then continued on the road and slammed into the side of a white Chevrolet Avalanche with James Ramos of Fresno behind the wheel.
Officers said Crossley couldn’t remember what happened or why she slipped into the southbound lane. No criminal charges will be filed. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
A trailer being hauled by the Avalanche was also severely damaged, with Crossley’s Acura and Ramos’s Chevrolet suffering the brunt of the crash.
Officers said none of the three drivers sustained major injuries. Passengers in the rental car and the Avalanche did not suffer any injuries. Crossley, driving alone, was transported to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center with chest pains and Ramos was taken to Community Regional Medical Center likely for X-rays on a bruised leg. Both medical facilities are in Fresno.
Highway 41 was stopped for about a half hour as the vehicles were towed off the road for removal. Officers said though initial reports indicated one of the cars caught flame it appeared there was no fire, though smoke did issue from one of the vehicles.