1 dead, 5 injured in collision on US 50
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — One driver was killed and five others were injured Thursday in a three car collision that closed U.S. Highway 50 for multiple hours.
Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, a driver of a 2006 Saturn was reported to be driving aggressively westbound on US 50 near Tamarack Pines Road and Sierra-at-Tahoe. The California Highway Patrol said the driver of the Saturn was speeding and unsafely passing other vehicles when they lost control and crossed into the eastbound lane.
The Saturn drove directly into the path of a 2015 Chevrolet that was traveling eastbound. The Saturn was torn in two pieces as a result of the collision with the Chevrolet.
Half of the Saturn, along with the driver, who had been fully ejected, collided with a 2013 Toyota that was following the Chevrolet.
The driver of the Saturn succumbed to her injuries at the scene.
The occupants of the Chevrolet, all of who were aged 20 years old and younger, were transported from the scene by emergency medical personnel. One passenger was taken to Renown Medical Center in Reno with major injuries and the driver, as well as four other passengers were taken to Barton Medical Center with major injuries.
The driver of the Toyota was transported from the scene by family.
The Chevrolet caught fire briefly and was put out by concerned citizens who stopped to help. The lanes of US 50 were blocked for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The CHP said alcohol does not seem to be a factor in this collision.
The driver of the Saturn has not yet been positively identified.
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