Los Molinos man suffers minor injuries in crash near Lassen Park
A 55-year-old Los Molinos man lost control of his 2020 Dodge Ram 3500 near the Highway 89 entrance to Lassen National Park trying to avoid another vehicle.
According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, Stacy Brewer was driving his Dodge westbound on Highway 36 just west of the entrance to Lassen National Park when he saw a blue SUV traveling westbound directly in his path.
Due to his high rate of speed, he applied his brakes and lost control of the vehicle. He cross the road and hit a large tree, and the Dodge overturned and struck another large tree.
According to the statement, “The roof of the Dodge came to rest against the tree. The Dodge quickly began to smoke and catch fire. Other travelers stopped quickly and came to Brewer’s aid. Good Samaritans broke the front windshield out and helped Brewer out of the Dodge. The Dodge became engulfed in flames shortly thereafter.
“Fire crews from Lassen National Forest Service, CalFire and Mineral Fire responded and were able to contain and put out the fire. Brewer sustained only minor injuries, with complaints of pain. Brewer was evaluated at the scene by medical personnel and declined to be transported against medical advisement. Brewer was transported from the scene by family members to seek his own medical aid. Brewer claimed he was not wearing a passenger restraint at the time of the collision. Alcohol is not a factor in this collision.”