One killed in weekend wrecks |

One killed in weekend wrecks

The storm that blew into Truckee over the weekend left multiple vehicle accidents in its wake, and one person dead.

“The total came to 26 wrecks in our area over the weekend,” said California Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Todd Kettwig.

Kettwig said that drivers were apparently caught off guard by the sudden snowstorm.

“When you haven’t had snow for six weeks you’re out of the winter driving conditions mode,” he said. “The key is slow down and just pay more attention to the changing conditions.”

However, weather was not believed to be a factor in the week’s one fatality.

A 19-year-old Las Vegas woman died Tuesday at Washoe Medical Center in Reno due to injuries suffered in an accident near Truckee on Monday. Amy Michelle Specter suffered severe head injuries in the crash.

Driver Nicole Koval, 19, also of Las Vegas, was westbound on Interstate 80 at Prosser Village Road about 5:20 p.m. Monday when she changed lanes and struck the center divider. The vehicle rolled over and Specter was ejected from the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt. Koval and two other passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Elsewhere this weekend, I-80 eastbound was closed for almost six hours Sunday after a fuel truck pulling a second tank of diesel fuel overturned near Cisco Grove.

That accident happened at 11 a.m., when the truck driver approached traffic that was stalled due to another weather-related accident. The driver was unable to slow down and his vehicle jack-knifed. A small amount of gasoline and diesel fuel leaked onto the highway.

Traffic was routed onto alternate roads until the Interstate was cleared a little after 4:30 p.m. No one was injured in the wreck.

Another accident Saturday narrowly avoided calamity when three big rigs collided with a packed tour bus at about 1:15 p.m. on I-80 eastbound just past Donner Summit.

Traffic was stalled due to poor conditions and vehicle spinouts when the three big rigs jack-knifed and collided with the tour bus and a van that were stopped. Only minor injuries were reported by passengers on the bus. The road was closed at Kingvale for about an hour while the scene was cleared.

“It definitely could have been worse with three big rigs involved,” Kettwig said.

The California Highway Patrol reminds drivers to use extreme caution when driving in treacherous weather.

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