Two remain in hospital after Highway 46 head-on collision


Two people remained in the hospital Sunday evening after a head-on collision on Highway 46 East northeast of Paso Robles injured seven people Saturday morning.

About 9:15 a.m., Yoanna Prieto, 21, of Salinas was driving a 2014 Ford Fiesta east on Highway 46 at Antelope Road when she moved into the westbound lane to attempt to pass traffic, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. Prieto then collided head-on with a 2015 Nissan Altima driven by Jorge Contreras Flores, 26, of Los Angeles, the CHP says.

The car driven by Prieto went off the road and down an embankment, the news release said. The car driven by Contreras Flores remained on the road, blocking both lanes of traffic.

Passengers in both vehicles were trapped and required a lengthy extrication, according to the news release. All passengers were taken either to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton or Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. One of the trapped passengers was taken to the hospital by a CalSTAR helicopter.

Prieto and two of the passengers in her vehicle, a 15-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, were treated and released, hospital spokesman Ron Yukelson said.

Two other passengers in Prieto’s car remained in the hospital Sunday evening: Angel Flores, 19, of Salinas was in serious but stable condition; and a 15-year-old girl was in fair condition, according to Yukelson.

Contreras Flores and his passenger, Judith Cainas, 30, of Los Angeles, were treated and released.

The crash is under investigation, the news release said.

Danielle Ames: 805-781-7902