Interstate closure snarls traffic |

Interstate closure snarls traffic

Erich Sommer and Jeff Clemetson, Sierra Sun

The closure of Interstate 80 Monday afternoon clogged highways and surface streets in Truckee and as far away as Carson City.

One major accident was reported, a head-on collision on Highway 267 near Glenshire Drive at about 1 p.m.

“Any time I-80 is closed, we are impacted,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Lt. David Baxley. “It’s called gridlock It took me 40 minutes just to get over the summit, even before the highway was closed.”

Baxley said the head-on collision on State Route 267 near Glenshire Drive was caused when a vehicle drifted four or five feet into the oncoming lane.

Baxley said at least one occupant was taken to Washoe Medical Center, with a broken femur.

The victim’s name and condition were not available Wednesday.

Baxley said his office also received several complaints Monday afternoon from residents on Donner Lake about traffic congestion.

“We had several complaints from the West End of Donner Lake about people trying to go up Old Highway 40 and the congestion it was causing.”

According to Baxley, those who made it onto Highway 40 before NCSO could put up a barricade were turned around at Cisco Grove, where the highway merges with I-80.

The closure of I-80 affected traffic as far away as Reno and Carson Valley. Traffic on Highway 50 West was reported to be extremely heavy coming into Carson City as late as Tuesday.

A spokesperson from the Agricultural Inspection station on Interstate 80 said that motorists were “very irritated” during the road closures.

“They’re very frustrated, always asking the same questions, ‘How do you get to San Francisco or the Bay Area’ or whatever.”

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