WEB UPDATE: As many as 30 vehicles involved in Interstate 80 crashes Friday
Interstate 80 was closed Friday morning after big rigs and passenger cars, heading east on Interstate 80, lost control in the slippery conditions, setting off a chain reaction accident.
The accident occurred shortly after 2:30 a.m. just west of Truckee.
The six big rigs jackknifed and collided with each other and three passenger cars about a mile below the Donner Summit near town blocking the highway, said California Highway Patrol Office Eric Strecker.
Shortly afterward, three separate crashes involving six big rigs and six cars contributed to at least 10 other spinouts. At about the same time, a cattle truck driving in the west bound lane jackknifed.
One vehicle, a UPS truck, drove off the embankment and slid at least 100 feet before it burst into flames, causing a grass fire, Strecker said. The fire was extinguished.
Strecker said it was difficult to say exactly how many cars and trucks were involved. He said there were at least 10 crashes involving as many as 30 vehicles.
An ambulance ran off the road on the way to the scene and had to be pulled back onto the roadway.
The first patient at Tahoe Forest Hospital arrived just after 5 a.m.
Eleven people were taken to the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, said Teri Smith, hospital spokeswoman.
Eight of the patients were treated for minor injuries and released.
Yamina Hive, 21 of Oakland, was taken by ambulance to Washoe Medical Center in unstable condition with neck and back injuries, Smith said. Hive’s condition was not available Friday afternoon.
Truck-driver Lee Sparks, 74, sustained a fractured rib and will remain at Tahoe Forest Hospital overnight.
Autar Singh, 40, was in a car at the time of the accident. He was transported to the hospital for minor burns.
The highway’s westbound lanes were opened just before 7 a.m. Friday. The eastbound lanes were not expected to be opened before 1:30 p.m. The road is the main link between Nevada and California.
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