Highway 36 collision disables two vehicles

Two vehicles collided near the Town Hill Scale area on Highway 36 Thursday, leaving both vehicles disabled, a statement from the California Highway Patrol read. Both drivers declined medical aid at the scene.

At approximately 7:24 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, Pedro Martinez, 34, of Susanville, was driving a 2011 Ford service truck west on Highway 36, approaching the Town Hill Scale area. At the same time, Kayla Pendergast, 32, of Susanville, was traveling east on Highway 36 in her 2017 Ford Explorer.

According to the statement from CHP, Martinez suffered an unknown medical emergency, causing him to lose consciousness and veer into the path of Pendergast.

Due to the sudden turning movement of Martinez, the statement read, Pendergast was unable to to take evasive actions and avoid a collision. The front of Pendergast’s Explorer struck the passenger side of  Martinez’s service truck.

Both vehicles were disabled as a result of the collision. Pendergast and Martinez declined medical aid at the scene. Pendergast’s passengers were uninjured.

The California Highway Patrol would like to remind drivers to always wear their seatbelts.