Nine people were taken to area hospitals with injuries Wednesday morning following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 113 near the community of Robbins in Sutter County.
The crash occurred about 5:30 a.m. at Highway 113 and Reclamation Road. The California Highway Patrol reported that a 1995 Honda driven by 63-year-old Beda Chaudhary of Woodland was northbound on Highway 113 preparing to make a left turn onto westbound Reclamation Road. As Chaudhary began the turn, he apparently failed to see a 2006 Volvo southbound on Highway 113.
The driver of the Volvo, identified by the CHP as 52-year-old Maria Villalobos of Yuba City, tried to take evasive action to avoid the Honda as it pulled in front of her. The front of the Volvo collided with the right side of the Honda, causing major damage to both vehicles, according to the CHP.
Villalobos and three passengers in the Volvo – Roberto Madrigal, 54, Francisco Javier Gueierrez-Martinez, 38, and Angel Villa Diaz, 25, all of Yuba City – were taken by ambulance to Woodland Memorial Hospital with what the CHP described as minor injuries.
Chaudhary and three female passengers – Maidjit Kaur, 51, Naseem Akhtar, 54, and Sajida Parveen, all of Woodland – were taken by ground ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center. Chaudhary, Kaur and Parveen suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP, while Akhtar reportedly sustained major injuries. A fourth passenger in the Honda, Rajkmari Deo, 48, also of Woodland, was taken by air ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center with major injuries.
The collision is under investigation, but the CHP said neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors in the crash.