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Three people injured in head-on accident


By Redwood Times

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Around noon on Monday, Oc.r 26, three people received major injuries in an accident approximately one mile south of Laytonville.

Jamie Swink, age 24, of Eureka was driving her 2005 Kia Optima northbound on Hwy. 101 south of Laytonville. Richard Grover, age 24, of Santa Cruz, was driving a 2004 Acura southbound on Hwy. 101 approaching Swink’s vehicle. Ms. Swink’s attention was diverted and she allowed her vehicle to drift to the left over the double yellow lines into the northbound lane and into the path of Mr. Grover’s vehicle. He took evasive action by swerving to the left. At about the same time, Swink directed her attention back to the road and swerved to the right. The front end of Swink’s vehicle struck the front of the Acura. Grover, his right front passenger Rose Sniatowski, age 28, of Santa Cruz, and Swink were all trapped inside their vehicles as a result of the head-on collision.

The Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene and according the California Highway Patrol, did an outstanding job with rescue efforts, utilizing the Jaws of Life to extricate all three involved parties. CALSTAR and REACH also responded to the scene. Grover was transported by REACH to Mercy Hospital in Redding. Swink was transported by CALSTAR to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, and Sniatowski was transported by Ukiah Ambulance to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits. All three parties suffered extensive injuries to their lower extremities as a result of the collision and all were wearing their seatbelts.

Cal Fire also responded and assisted the Laytonville Volunteer Department with this incident. Hwy. 101 was reduced to one-way controlled traffic during the incident. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

PHOTO COURTESY CHP

Emergency volunteers work to remove the driver from one of the vehicles in last Monday’s head-on collision.