spring snowfall caught truckers and four-wheelers traveling
Interstate 80 near Truckee, CA, by surprise on Monday. Slick
roads associated with the squall were being blamed for a 21-vehicle
pileup that closed the eastbound lanes for much of Monday.
just east of Truckee occurred around 8:30 a.m. Fourteen cars,
six tractor-trailers and one van were involved, the California
Highway Patrol reported.
we had a pretty severe snowstorm hit that area," said Officer
Kirk Bromell. "You could almost bet that it was weather
the big rigs rolled over. One truck spilled 300 to 500 gallons
of diesel fuel, but the fuel was quickly contained and posed
no threat to the nearby Truckee River, the CHP said. Four people
were taken to Tahoe-Forest Hospital in Truckee where they were
treated for moderate injuries.
the eastbound lanes was reopened shortly after 5 p.m., but the
other remained closed into the night.