Accident clogs Highway 50 traffic |

Accident clogs Highway 50 traffic

It only takes one driving mistake to clog traffic out of South Lake Tahoe on a Sunday.

An accident at 3:25 p.m. in Kyburz narrowed U.S. Highway 50 to one lane for more than two hours while an elderly man was airlifted and two pickup trucks were cleared from the scene.

The driver of the first eastbound truck was stopped while waiting to make a left turn onto Kyburz Road. He was rear-ended by a truck driven by Robert Shorrock, 81 of Shingle Springs. Both trucks went about 15 feet down an embankment above the American River.

Shorrock was taken to Sutter Roseville Hospital with a concussion and broken ribs.

The accident is being investigated, said California Highway Patrol Officer Doug Lane, who then responded to another wreck.

A tanker truck and a sedan collided at 5:40 p.m. going east on U.S. Highway 50 near Bass Lake Road.

No one was injured in the wreck, but it did produce a traffic jam to the South Shore for about a half-hour.

“It was really a nothing crash,” Lane said. “A car ran off the road and hit the side of an empty tanker truck. But cars were stopped everywhere.”

A tow truck had to be called to the scene. Damage to both vehicles was moderate, CHP said.

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