Multiple accidents leave one dead, five injured
Two vehicle accidents Friday left one man dead, four Nevadans injured and one Sacramento man charged with four counts of felony driving under the influence causing bodily injuries, according to reports.
A Mackinaw, Ill., man was killed in an early morning accident on eastbound Interstate 80.
Sixty-year-old Robert Fogle was driving a tractor-trailer combination at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the truck for unknown reasons, overturned, slid through a metal guardrail and came to an abrupt stop in a culvert on the south side of the road shortly after 2, according to California Highway Patrol reports.
No other vehicles were involved.
Fogle was pronounced dead on scene and was transported to the coroner by the Truckee Fire Protection District. Officials said his death was caused by multiple injuries.
One lane of Interstate 80 was closed to traffic until noon Friday as crews removed the truck and repaired the damaged roadway.
Out-of-control DUI driver
A report of a possible driver under the influence of alcohol sent a CHP officer on a chase that ended in a head-on collision with five people injured in an accident north of Truckee Friday afternoon, CHP said.
The Nevada Highway Patrol reported that a vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and was possibly being driven by an intoxicated driver. When the 1977 Cadillac Deville passed the CHP Inspection Station, Officer Sattler attempted to overtake the vehicle.
The Cadillac accelerated to speeds between 80 and 90 mph, then exited the freeway onto Highway 89 North heading northbound.
Reports stated the Cadillac passed other vehicles over double-yellow lines and nearly struck a southbound vehicle on one occasion.
Sattler attempted to overtake the vehicle a second time near Prosser Creek, but the driver continued to speed away.
About one-half mile past Sagehen Summit, the driver was unable to negotiate a curve at high speed, and his car crossed the yellow center lines and struck a 1994 Pontiac with four passengers head on, CHP said.
Mario Keola, 31, of Sacramento was arrested for alleged felony DUI, auto theft, possession of stolen property and causing injures to others while evading a police officer, according to reports.
In the Buick were two couples from Nevada. Fernley resident William Meyer, 58, was driving with his wife Charlene Meyer, 55, in the front passenger seat. Danny Fulton, 59, of Yerington was sitting in the back seat with his wife Janice, 55.
The mangled cars rested nose to nose as the extrication of the Buick’s three passengers was completed. Crews from the Truckee Fire Protection District, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Sierraville Fire Protection District performed the extrication and cleanup.
Janice and Keola were helicoptered to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where Fulton is considered still in serious, but stable condition with internal injuries and Keola is under guard with the assistance of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
The Meyers were transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital along with Danny. William suffered a dislocated hip and facial cuts, Charlene suffered a broken hip and broken arm and Danny suffered severe internal injuries.
CHP Capt. Don Bossingham said the four are lucky to be alive considering the collision’s impact. Because of the size of the skid marks leading to the collision site, he said the department estimated Keola’s speed at close to 80 mph when he rounded the corner and attempted to brake. The force of the crash forced the rear end of the Cadillac up onto the west embankment.
CHP investigators reported Keola was wanted by the California Department of Corrections for a parole violation. After his release from Washoe Medical Center, he will be booked in the Washoe County Jail, where the California authorities will take him into custody.
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