WEB UPDATE: As many as 30 vehicles involved in Interstate 80 crashes Friday | SierraSun.com

WEB UPDATE: As many as 30 vehicles involved in Interstate 80 crashes Friday

Photo by Jim ScrippsTrucks removed from the truck site to the shoulder on eastbound I-80 on Friday morning.

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.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Wild & Scenic Film Festival announces call for 2022 art


The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, in collaboration with Nevada County Arts Council, is once again inviting local and regional artists to submit their environmental artwork for possible inclusion at the 20th annual Wild & Scenic Film…

See more