UPDATE: Overturned snow plow cleared from Highway 50, chain controls in place
March 2, 2018
A Caltrans snow plow that overturned off Highway 50 Friday morning has been towed and removed.
According to Caltrans, the snow plow went off the road early Friday morning. The highway was temporarily closed in order to remove the vehicle.
Highway 50 is again open, but chain controls are in place from Meyers to Sand Flat.
Chain requirements apply to all vehicles, except 4-wheel drive vehicles with snow tires on all four wheels. The speed limit is 25 mph, and drivers are reminded to use caution and leave extra travel time.
ORIGINAL POST: Caltrans snow plow overturns, temporary US 50 closure expected
A Caltrans snow plow went off U.S. 50 and overturned near Chiapa Drive, just west of North Upper Truckee Road, at 3:57 a.m. Friday, March 2.
The plow was traveling eastbound when whiteout conditions quickly reduced visibility, causing the driver to cross the westbound lane and go off the north shoulder, according to CHP South Lake Tahoe. The driver received minor injuries including cuts to his face.
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A portion of U.S. 50 was closed for approximately 80 minutes this morning. The road has reopened, but is expected to close again later today for a tow truck to remove the plow. A time has not yet been scheduled.