Big-rig accident ties up highway traffic
March 31, 2003
A tractor-trailer rolled on its side, blocking both lanes of Highway 50 east of Ice House Road.
The driver was not injured in the 5:55 a.m. Friday wreck, but traffic on the two-lane road was stopped for nearly three hours.
“It backed up pretty good — about a mile, mile-and-a-half each direction,” said Officer Kevin Dougherty of the California Highway Patrol. “We tried feverishly to get a lane open, but we had to wait until the tow got up from Placerville.”
Kasey Coy, 28, of Placerville was on his way back from a trash hauling trip to Nevada. There were no witnesses to the accident and no skid marks.
“He said a deer scared him,” Dougherty said. “He said he saw a deer jump on the side of the road and said he jumped. It looked, in my opinion, like he fell asleep. A wheel mark in the soft dirt leads me to believe he fell asleep and drove to the right.”
Coy is employed by V.C. Lee, a refuse hauling company based in El Dorado Hills. The truck’s trailer was empty when it slid to a stop 100 yards east of a bridge that leads to Randall tract, a housing development on the bank of the South Fork of the American River.
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Coy was not cited for the accident, but the CHP investigation is ongoing.
— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org