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An RV crash occurred in Sonora, California on Tuesday morning at the intersection of Hope Lane and Lyons Street. The incident resulted in three people being injured and the intersection being closed for several hours.
The RV’s brakes had failed and the driver, a male, was unable to stop the vehicle. He tried to turn onto Hope Lane but ended up crashing into a rock wall and rolling over.
“The brakes had failed on the motorhome, and the vehicle was unable to stop. The driver tried to make a turn-up Hope Lane and subsequently rolled over and crashed into the wall,” said SPD spokesperson Officer Thomas Brickley. “It was later learned that the occupants of the vehicle knew that the brake system was faulty but were going to continue to drive it to a different location.”
The female passenger was able to escape the wreckage without injury, but the male driver was trapped inside.
The intersection was closed for approximately four hours while the RV was removed.
“Due to the damage to the vehicle, they [tow crew] were unable to load it onto a trailer and safely remove it from the roadway without causing possible hazardous spills or the likelihood of injuries to other people. They had to bring out a tractor and dismantle the RV,” disclosed Brickley.
The two occupants, both Tuolumne County transients, were taken to the hospital for treatment.
The female passenger had minor injuries, while the male driver had major injuries that were not life-threatening. The RV crash is under investigation.