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LA PORTE, Calif. – A major injury snowmobile crash occurred on Saturday in Plumas County in front of the La Porte General Store, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
CHP officer, Kenneth Weckman, said his Yuba-Sutter Unit’s territory extends north to La Porte. He said the resident CHP in the area was not on call, so right after arriving on his shift he drove an hour and 45 minutes to respond to the incident, which was first called in at 1:35 p.m. Saturday.
Officer Weckman said the snowmobile was being driven westbound along the left shoulder of Quincy La Porte Road.
The driver of the snowmobile, 43-year-old Shawn Richins of Chico, told Weckman that he was moving slowly, at maybe five mph, when his passenger bumped his right hand. This, he told the officer, caused him to hit the throttle and accelerate to approximately 30 mph.
At that point, Richins sideswiped the railing in front of the store and both he and his passenger were ejected, landing on the store’s cement porch, said Weckman.
The snowmobile’s passenger, 36-year-old Monica Long of Redding, had been sitting in front of the driver at the time of the incident.
According to Weckman, Long was airlifted to Enloe Medical Center in Chico and was treated for a wrist fracture, a knee fracture, and abdominal pain.
The snowmobile driver, Shawn Richins, declined transportation for medical treatment. Officer Weckman said Richins had a swollen left knee and had received a bump on his head. His family was at the scene, said Weckman.