Eight hurt in 2 wrecks Friday on Hwy. 37
Eight people were injured in two separate accidents about 45 minutes apart Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Arnold Drive and Highway 37.
According to Officer Patrick Roth, with the California Highway Patrol's Marin office, the first accident occurred at about 12:25 p.m. Friday. A 37-year-old Stockton woman was eastbound on Highway 37 when she came up over the crest west of Arnold Drive and saw traffic backed up. She apparently veered to the left, hitting the center divider and then rolled the vehicle three times. One of her passengers, a 6-year-old boy from Windsor, was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Oakland after complaining of severe pain in his head and neck. Two other passengers, a 9-year-old Stockton girl and a 6-year-old Stockton boy, along with the driver, were also injured in the rollover.
The incident is still under investigation but the woman was initially cited for having no proof of insurance.
The second wreck occurred at about 1:16 p.m., east of Arnold Drive.
Roth said four people were injured in that two-vehicle wreck which was a rear-ender.
A vehicle driven by a 57-year-old man from Folsom, was westbound and came up on stopped traffic. He hit his brakes and the driver of the second vehicle saw the man approaching and tried to take evasive action. But the Folsom driver still rear-ended the vehicle, driven by a 56-year-old male from El Dorado Hills, pushing it 75 feet.
All of the injured were in the second vehicle - a 17-year-old female, a 13-year-old female and a 47-year-old female. Roth said the driver and two teens complained of pain while the 47-year-old woman had cuts to her forehead in addition to complaints of pain. All four were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Roth said the driver of the first vehicle appeared to be moving at an unsafe speed, but no citations were issued. The incident is still under investigation.