Nathanial Smotrys, Stephen Reikes and 3 Others Injured in Head-On Crash on Highway 89 [Plumas County, CA]


5 Hospitalized after Head-On Collision on Highway 89

PLUMAS COUNTY, CA (August 5, 2022)Nathanial Smotrys, Stephen Reikes and 3 others were injured in a head-on collision, Friday night.

On July 29th, at approximately 5:28 p.m., a crash took place in the area of Highway 89 south of Sierraville, according to the CHP.

The crash involved a 2005 GMC Sierra driven by Nathanial Smotrys and a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Stephen Reikes.

Preliminary investigation showed that Smotrys fell asleep while driving and drifted into the southbound lanes.

Reikes tried to avoid the vehicles by heading into the northbound lanes but Smotrys came to his senses and went back to the northbound.

As a result, both vehicles crashed head-on, before hitting a rock wall on the east side of the highway.

Meanwhile, witnesses and off-duty medics/deputies assisted both parties until Sierraville Fire arrived. At least 5 people were hospitalized for treatment of various injuries.

Both directions of Highway 89 were temporarily closed to allow for further investigations and clearing operations. Witnesses are encouraged to contact CHP at (530) 252-1900.

Thousands of automobile collisions each year result from driver fatigue. If you feel it is unsafe to drive, call a friend or an Uber to pick you up to avoid causing or increasing the risk of accidents.


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