Youth survives dunk into canal
June 29, 2016
A 16-year-old Gardnerville boy's seatbelt saved him from major injuries when his vehicle rolled off Highway 395 and into a canal.
No citations have been issued in the incident which occurred 6:20 p.m. at Highway 395 and Riverview Drive south of Gardnerville.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, the youth was driving south in the turn lane, preparing to turn onto Riverview in a 2002 Bravada.
A witness in the opposing lane told troopers investigating the wreck that a dark blue truck with a white camper shell swerved to avoid another southbound vehicle, and into the path of the Bravada.
The youth steered to the right striking the curb and tipping the Bravada which rolled into the Upper New Virginia Canal north of Riverview Drive, landing on its wheels.
Trooper Duncan Dauber said that in the process, the Bravada took out a section of fence and knocked over a sign.
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The youth was able to get out on his own, but waited for help to get out of the canal, which is full. He was taken to Carson Valley Medical Center and his parents were contacted to come get him.
This was the second instance in two months where a vehicle ended up in one of Carson Valley's waterways.
On May 26, a Subaru driver lost control of his vehicle and ended up in the East Fork of the Carson River just west of Highway 88.