Seven people escaped injury following a high-speed collision on Highway 395 south of Canyon City Tuesday afternoon, but both vehicles received extensive damage.
According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, a southbound vehicle driven by a 70-year-old man from Seneca was traveling about 60 mph when the man noticed a vehicle leaving a private drive on the right side of the road. A corner on the highway creates low visibility in that area.
A 15-year-old girl from Canyon City with a driver’s permit was pulling onto the highway to make a left-hand turn. She reportedly saw the fast-approaching vehicle on the highway and froze.
The driver from Seneca veered to his left and braked hard but was unable to avoid a collision. The girl’s mother, who had a driver’s license, and four other family members were in the vehicle entering the highway.
While both vehicles were heavily damaged, none of the occupants were injured, and both vehicles were driven from the scene. The inexperience of the girl was considered a contributing factor in the accident, and no citations were issued, the sheriff’s office reported.