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Friday traffic delay on Interstate 80 was due to big-rig wreck

TRUCKEE, Calif. - Traffic was backed up for miles on Interstate 80 east on Friday after a big rig collided with a concrete wall and guardrail, officials said.

Roger Turgeon, 73, of Raymond, N.H., was traveling eastbound on I-80 west of Floriston at about 8:30 a.m. Friday in a 2010 Freightliner big-rig truck going approximately 55 mph when he lost consciousness for unknown reasons, the California Highway Patrol said in a Monday press release.

The truck drifted to the left and struck the center concrete wall before drifting back across both lanes of traffic and striking the guardrail. The vehicle ended up going up a dirt embankment, overturning and rolling down the embankment.

The trailer tore open, causing its contents to spill. Cleanup crews were called in to assist in the cleanup effort.

The right lane on I-80 east, west of Floriston, remained closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as cleanup crews worked to clear the scene. The left lane remained open.

Turgeon suffered minor injuries and was treated at Tahoe Forest Hospital, according to CHP. Alcohol and/or drugs were not factors in the collision.

Staff report

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 15, 2012 02:55PM Published Oct 15, 2012 02:53PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.