DL man injured in California crash
A 21-year-old Detroit Lakes man suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries Wednesday morning in a crash between a Cadillac and a chip truck on an icy stretch of roadway near Redding, Calif.
According to the Redding Record Searchlight newspaper, Nicholas Solmon of Detroit Lakes was listed in fair condition Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, a nursing supervisor said.
Solmon was a passenger in the Cadillac driven by Jacob Seebold, 21, of Dunsmuir, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
Seebold was driving east about 7:45 a.m. where the loaded chip truck was stopped on the road with its hazard lights on, the CHP said.
The truck's driver, David Orr, 58, of Yreka was in the process of removing a tire chain. Orr was about ready to drive the truck forward so he could get the chain from under a tire when he saw the car approaching from behind.
Orr was waiting for Seebold to pass, but the sun hit Seebold's eyes and he didn't see the truck until the last second, the CHP said.
Seebold swerved to the left, but struck the left rear of the big rig's trailer, the CHP said.
The drivers weren't injured, but the impact trapped Solmon in the car for an hour.
Rescue personnel removed him with a hydraulic prying tool and he was flown by helicopter to the Redding hospital, the CHP said.
An investigation determined Seebold was driving at an unsafe speed for conditions, the CHP said. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the CHP said.