Slick roads tangle I-80 traffic
Emergency personnel were busy this morning with accidents on Interstate 80, west of Truckee.
An accident occurred on the interstate at about 9:30 a.m. today when an eastbound Ford F-450 pickup truck went off the roadway on Donner Summit. The vehicle rolled approximately 150 feet, traveling a total of 430 feet from where it left the road, 20 feet down an embankment between the east and westbound lanes.
“It looks like she hydroplaned, shot off the road, and went end-over-end,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Manion.
A female driver from Greenwood, Calif., was the only person in the vehicle and was alert but sustained a broken neck, broken arm and multiple contusions and abrasions, Manion said.
“She was conscious but not lucid,” Manion said.
A Careflight helicopter responded but wasn’t able to assist because of the weather, Manion said.
The Donner Summit Fire Department was first on the scene at about 9:40 a.m., and CHP arrived at 9:46 a.m., Manion said.
The driver was removed from the truck at about 10:50 a.m. and was taken by ambulance to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Manion said.
The eastbound left lane was closed periodically as emergency vehicles and a tow-truck worked but the accident was cleared shortly after noon, Manion said.
Another accident, involving an eastbound truck on I-80 between Kingvale and Soda Springs, was also probably caused by hydroplaning, he said. That accident resulted only in property damage.
” Sun staff reports