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Woman arrested for DUI after two-vehicle crash injures six on Pioneer Trail

Six people were injured Saturday in a two-car collision in South Lake Tahoe.
Six people were injured Saturday in a two-car collision in South Lake Tahoe. Lake Valley Fire Protection District

A Nevada woman was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence after a two-car collision in South Lake Tahoe that left her and five other people injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Three victims were taken to a hospital in Reno with major injuries, including a brain bleed, spinal fractures, a lower abdominal injury and a fractured jaw. One passenger suffered a concussion and was taken, along with both drivers, to a local hospital for treatment.

The unnamed 29-year-old woman from Stateline, Nev., jerked out of her lane for unknown reasons and drove head-on into the other car about 11:05 a.m., the CHP reported.

Witnesses had reported her gray Range Rover sport-utility vehicle to authorities before the crash for driving in a reckless manner. The collision report did not specify whether the woman was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but the matter is still under investigation.

The crash occurred on Pioneer Trail near Southern Pines Drive. The Range Rover was eastbound at an unknown speed when it hit a white BMW sedan traveling 40 mph, according to the CHP.

Three women and two men, all from San Jose or San Bruno and between the ages of 19 and 31, were in the BMW.

Photos posted on Facebook by the Lake Valley Fire Protection District show that half of the front of the BMW and both of its right-side doors were torn off. The Range Rover, with its front mangled, ended halfway up a hill on the side of the road.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff