Crash along Highway 3

It’s amazing the driver was able to get out of this car, which was torn in half when it hit a tree off Highway 3 Friday, Feb. 19.

A Chico man was lucky to walk away from a crash Friday morning near Hayfork that literally ripped his Subaru wagon in half. According to CHP reports, Abdelrauf Yasin, 21, was driving his 2013 Subaru Outback southbound on Highway 3 at about 7:20 a.m., when he reportedly fell asleep.

“Yasin’s vehicle ran off the west side of the roadway” and crashed into a tree, the report said. “The vehicle was torn in two.” A photo submitted by CHP showed the tree tore the car diagonally from the passenger front wheel area to the driver’s side rear wheel area before both halves came to rest at the road’s edge. The half containing Yasin was upside-down about 12 feet off the roadway.

Yasin was able to get out of the car and was waiting when emergency personnel arrived.

According to the report, he was suspected to have sustained major injuries and was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding for evaluation and treatment.

CHP investigators do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash and said Yasin was wearing his safety belt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Trinity River CHP office at 623-3832.

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