Weather, accidents snarl Interstate 80 through Truckee |

Weather, accidents snarl Interstate 80 through Truckee

Staff reports
Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunMichael McDaniel, 46, the driver of the wrecked big rig, after he was involved in a three vehicle accident on Interstate 80 near the Agricultural Station in Truckee on Monday.

A May snowstorm swooped into the Sierra on Monday morning, causing several spinouts on Interstate 80 over Donner Summit and halting westbound traffic.

“We were extremely busy,” said Kirk Bromell, Truckee CHP information officer. “We have had several calls.”

At approximately 11:30 a.m., a big rig versus automobile accident closed westbound traffic on Interstate 80. The interstate was closed for about two hours while crews removed the wreckage. As of 2:30 p.m. one westbound lane was open.

In one incident, a vehicle struck a CHP vehicle on the shoulder of the road while an officer was investigating another accident.

Caltrans snow removal workers were spread thin, which made the roads messy, Bromell said.

Westbound traffic was held several times at the agriculture station in Truckee, creating bumper-to-bumper traffic on some roads in town.

Chains were required on all vehicles, except four-wheel-drive vehicles when the interstate was open.

Snow showers are expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon, with mostly sunny conditions forecast for Wednesday. Bromell said motorists should expect slow-moving traffic until the storm subsides.

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