One killed in Monday snowstorm |

One killed in Monday snowstorm

Nik Dirga, Sierra Sun

A San Francisco woman was killed Monday as a windy, dangerous storm blew through the area.

The storm didn’t drop a lot of new snow on Truckee – less than 6 inches in most places – but the high winds created near white-out conditions throughout the day, causing a traffic nightmare for Bay Area residents trying to use Interstate 80 to head home after a holiday weekend.

Traffic was backed up for hours both in I-80 and through town, as visitors coming from Reno and Tahoe packed the roads.

Traffic was held and escorted over the summit by CHP officers to alleviate congestion on the road.

Multiple minor accidents were reported, but only one fatality occurred.

In Alpine Meadows, a San Francisco woman was killed when the Toyota sports utility vehicle she was traveling in went out of control while heading eastbound on Alpine Meadows Road and was broadsided by an Alpine Meadows shuttle bus traveling west.

“The vehicle started to spin and impacted the front of the bus,” said Truckee station CHP spokesman Kirk Bromell.

Stephanie Amore, 26, suffered major injuries in the accident, which occurred about 3:25 p.m.

The two other passengers, John Amore, 26, and Katie Galloway, 29, and the driver, Brenden Galloway, 28, also suffered injuries ranging from minor to major and were all treated at Tahoe Forest Hospital.

None of the passengers in the Toyota were wearing safety belts, according to CHP reports.

Amore was transported via Cal-Star to Washoe Medical Center but was pronounced dead later that evening.