I-80 traffic halted by second accident involving semi-trucks in two days | SierraSun.com

I-80 traffic halted by second accident involving semi-trucks in two days

A semi-truck struck the guardrail and a concrete barrier Thursday morning near Eagle Lakes, spilling diesel fuel onto Interstate-80, and causing the second full closure of westbound lanes in two days.
Courtesy of California Highway Patrol

A pair of incidents in back-to-back days involving semi-trucks brought traffic on the westbound lane of Interstate-80 to a full stop.

The first involved a truck hauling frozen food products, which caught fire early Wednesday morning near Gold Run, resulting in what the California Department of Transportation estimated to be 30,000 pounds of frozen food being spilled onto the interstate.

The cause of the incident was due to a brake fire, according to California Highway Patrol — Gold Run Sgt. David Brown, which forced a full closure of the westbound lane for roughly four hours as crews cleaned up the mess.

Westbound traffic on Interstate-80 would again come to a halt the following morning when a semi-truck hauling a trailer crashed near Eagle Lakes, resulting in diesel fuel being spilled all over the interstate. Traffic was held for more than an hour before one lane was reopened.

“(The cause is) unknown at this point,” said Brown. “The driver said there was a lane change, someone made an unsafe lane change and it caused him to veer to the right and strike a guardrail and a concrete wall.”

The westbound lane will be fully reopened around noon or 1 p.m., according to an estimate from the California Department of Transportation.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.