With the possible exception of ski racers, no one enjoys icy conditions. Least of all the driver of a SUV that careened out of control in Tahoe this past Saturday. Icy road conditions lead to the SUV swerving off the road and onto the ski slopes at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Five people were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital on Saturday after the vehicle they were riding in ended up careening down World Cup run at Heavenly Mountain Resort and then landing upside down in the parking lot at California Lodge.
The Toyota 4Runner lost control about 4:30pm Nov. 26 as it came down Keller Driver. There is about a 90-degree right turn. The driver was not able to handle the icy conditions.
Instead of staying on the pavement, the vehicle went onto the ski slope, picked up more speed and then went over a 12-foot retaining wall, landing on the roof of the SUV.
As the California side of Heavenly is not yet open, the parking lot was mostly empty. The seven passengers in the SUV were from out of town. Fortunately, none of the five injured passengers suffered any life-threatening injuries.