East-bound I-80 stopped early Tuesday after big rig overturned | SierraSun.com

East-bound I-80 stopped early Tuesday after big rig overturned

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; An overturned big rig stopped east-bound traffic near the Nevada state line on Interstate 80 early Tuesday morning for about an hour and a half.

For yet-to-be-determined reasons, California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Prisco said the Omaha, Neb., driver drifted onto the shoulder, up a dirt embankment and overturned at about 6 a.m. The driver received minor to moderate injuries, he said.

The accident happened in the construction zone narrowed down to one lane of traffic, Prisco said, and emergency personnel had to move the moveable barriers to get to the semi truck and extract the driver.

and#8220;Once we got him out of the truck we realized his injuries were not so bad,and#8221; Prisco said.

Traffic was diverted to Highway 89 north and Highway 267 during the closure, Prisco said.

With the interstate reopened, Prisco said traffic was still heavy as of 9 a.m.