Officials are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in a serious vehicle collision on Highway 46 East early Tuesday morning.
According to the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 4:13 a.m. Tuesday, two women were driving east on Highway 46 just east of Gruenhagen Flat. For reasons still undetermined, the driver allowed her 2000 Chevrolet Malibu to veer into the westbound lane, where the vehicle’s driver-side door made contact with a 2001 Peterbuilt truck traveling west.
Following the collision, the driver and passenger of the Malibu became trapped in the car and required power tools to be freed from the wreckage.
The driver, who has not been identified, suffered major injuries in the crash and was airlifted via CALSTAR air ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. Her condition was not known Tuesday afternoon.
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Her passenger, who has been identified by the CHP as 23-year-old Paso Robles resident Maria Murillo, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton.
The driver of the truck, who is only identified as a 44-year-old Newark, Calif., resident, was not injured.
According to the CHP, the investigation into the crash remains ongoing, but a news release noted that alcohol “has not been ruled out” as a possible contributing factor, and the driver may face criminal charges.