Big rig overshoots runaway ramp, crashes into North Lake Tahoe home |

Big rig overshoots runaway ramp, crashes into North Lake Tahoe home

Kevin MacMillan and Jason Shueh
Tahoe Daily Tribune

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – One man could be dead after a failed attempt to slow his out-of-control tractor-trailer rig by using the runaway truck ramp on Friday morning near the intersection of state routes 431 and 28 in Incline Village.

The truck jumped the ramp, crashing into a nearby two-story home on Second Creek Drive, said NLTFPD Assistant Chief Greg McKay, igniting a large fire. Residents of the home were safely removed, he said.

Emergency crews have yet to reach the driver of the truck, McKay said, who has been trapped inside the truck inside the house.

“The truck hit the ramp, it flew in the air and somehow crashed into the house and ignited the blaze,” said McKay, who was among many NLTFPD personnel and other area emergency crews who responded to the scene.

The fire initially was spreading, but crews began controlling it around 8:25 a.m., and had it fully contained by about 9:15 a.m. The initial call came out over the police scanner at about 8:15 Friday.

Highway 431 near the intersection was closed for about an hour as crews worked to control the blaze.

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A number of pets appeared to have died in the blaze, McKay said.

Runaway truck ramps are common in the Sierra and other mountain areas, as they are sometimes utilized by heavy vehicles and semi trucks on steep-downgrade highways in the event a vehicle’s brakes give out.