Driver cited for big rig accident at Zephyr Cove |

Driver cited for big rig accident at Zephyr Cove

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A big rig driver was cited for failure to use due care after flipping a semi-truck in front of Zephyr Cove Resort early Monday morning.

The 50-year-old Alameda man was driving eastbound on Highway 50 about 5:30 a.m. when he lost control of the semi-truck, jack-knifed and rolled the vehicle onto its left side, said Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Kaplan.

The truck, which was carrying a load of mattresses, came within inches of hitting Zephyr Cove Resort.

The driver is believed to have been driving to fast for conditions, Kaplan said. He was wearing a seat belt and was uninjured during the crash, Kaplan added.

The crash caused NHP troopers to partially close Highway 50 until about 9:30 a.m.

Troopers were able to re-route traffic around the crash while the big rig was cleaned up, Kaplan said.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office warned citizens to be aware of a new version of a telephone scam, with a local twist, in a statement released Friday.

The scam artist calls the victim claiming to be a volunteer or employee of the Douglas County Senior Citizens Center and claims they are soliciting funds to donate to the American Cancer Society, according to the statement.

The scam artist then tells the victim that if they would like to donate to the fund, they can provide their credit card or debit card information to the volunteer or employee, and the donation will be automatically deducted from their account, according to the statement.

There has been only one reported successful incident of this nature in Douglas County, but citizens are advised to be cautious of such incidents.

Travis Lee, Director of Douglas County Senior Services, advises that his staff does not solicit credit card or debit card information from persons, and would never solicit seniors for donations of any sort, according to the statement.

This fundraising scam is just the latest of ongoing schemes where suspects use the telephone, mail or computer to try to get people to reveal their personal or financial information.

The sheriff’s office advises residents to never give this type of information out when you receive such a telephone call, mail or online contact.

Donations to a charitable organization should be made by contacting that organization directly, according to the statement.

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