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Highway Patrol seeing fewer winter accidents

Dylan Silver

Submitted to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – No injuries were reported in a two-car accident that stopped traffic on U.S. Highway 50 near Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort Friday night. After one car rolled over on its roof in the roadway and stopped passers-by, another car, heading westbound, swerved off the road to miss the accident, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The cause of the initial roll-over is unknown.

The collision was just one of about 20 accidents the CHP has responded to this year, said spokesman Jeff Gartner.

The agency has responded to fewer accidents so far this winter compared to the same time in previous years, likely because of the less than normal snowfall, Gartner said.

“With snow, of course there’d be problems related to that, but there’d also be a large influx of traffic coming up,” Gartner said.

In January 2011, there were 28 reported collisions. This January there were about 20. In some years the CHP has responded to as many as 40 collisions in January, Gartner said.

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There have been no traffic fatalities so far this year in the South Tahoe CHP’s jurisdiction, Gartner said.

CHP officers only tally accidents they respond to, Gartner said. More traffic fatalities occur in the summer than the winter, he added.