The Yreka area office of the California Highway Patrol reported the following:

“On 12/21/2017, at 4:54 p.m, Yreka Communications Center received numerous 911 calls regarding a three vehicle roll over collision on Old Highway 99, south of Cram Gulch Road. Yreka CHP and numerous fire and medical agencies responded to the scene, including LifeNet and Mercy medical helicopters. Although some initial reports came in as a possible fatality, all involved parties are alive at the time of this press release.

“Donald Anderson, 43 year old Weed resident, was driving a black 2003 Toyota Solara northbound on Old Highway 99, south of Cram Gulch Road. Preliminary investigation indicates, as the road curves to the right, the Toyota continued straight into the southbound lane, directly into the path of a red 1991 Geo Metro, driven by a 52 year old Montague resident. The two vehicles collided head-on.

“The black Toyota Solara spun off the roadway and overturned. The Geo Metro spun around and was facing the wrong way in the southbound lane.

“The third vehicle, a white 2005 Toyota Tacoma, driven by Brenna Owens, a 30 year old Mt. Shasta resident, was southbound on Old Highway 99, directly behind the red Geo Metro. Due to the initial head-on collision happening so rapidly, Owens was unable to avoid colliding with the front of the Geo Metro. The Geo Metro was forced off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its roof.

“Due to the extraordinary efforts by the fire-rescue personnel from all agencies on scene, the male driver, female passenger, and another male passenger, were extricated from the Geo Metro. The male driver and female passenger were flown to Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Oregon, with major injuries. The other male passenger was transported to Fairchild Medical Center, Yreka, California, with moderate injuries. Other injured parties were transported to Fairchild Medical Center as well.

“The CHP would like to everyone driving this holiday season to be vigilant in your defensive driving habits. Remember to keep a high visual horizon, remain alert, and avoid distractions.”