Two drivers were taken to the hospital Monday morning after a head-on collision on Yosemite Boulevard in Empire, the California Highway Patrol reported.
One driver had a cut to his forehead and the back of his neck and the second driver broke an ankle, CHP officer Don Davis said.
Davis gave this account of the accident: Empire resident Michael Lopez, 21, was driving east on Yosemite about 6:40 a.m. when his 1993 Toyota Camry drifted off the road. Lopez may have fallen asleep. He veered to the left and entered the westbound lane. Waterford resident Gracie Gallardo, 50, driving west in a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, tried to avoid the Camry, but the two vehicles collided about 50 feet west of C Street. Lopez suffered cuts and was taken to Doctors Medical Center. Gallardo broke an ankle and was taken to Memorial Medical Center.
Davis said the two work at the same bakery; Lopez had finished his shift and Gallardo was driving to work to start her shift.
Westbound traffic was diverted onto C Street after the accident. Davis said Lopez was not cited.