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18 crashes between Monday, Thursday in South Lake Tahoe

Isaac Brambila

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Snowfall on Monday and Tuesday and temperatures reaching single digits during the rest of the week created slick road conditions throughout town, especially on non-arterial routes, but local and visiting drivers alike managed to escape major injuries during traffic crashes.

Between Monday and Thursday, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department (SLTPD) responded to 18 vehicle crashes, of which two resulted in injury, neither of them serious, SLTPD Lt. Brian Williams said Friday.

Overall, the police department did not see significant increases in vehicle crashes from what they anticipated, given the number of out-of-town drivers that made it to South Lake Tahoe for the holidays.

“People conducted themselves with a reasonable measure for caution and respect for others,” Williams said.

“People conducted themselves with a reasonable measure for caution and respect for others.”
Brian Williams

The busiest days, according to the figures provided by the SLTPD, were Monday and Tuesday, the days with snowfall in the city.

On Monday, the SLTPD responded to seven calls involving a vehicle crash, one of which resulted in minor injuries.

A total of five crashes were reported on Tuesday, three were reported on Wednesday and three more on Thursday.

Lake Tahoe Boulevard, which remained consistently busy throughout the week, saw the most crashes with six. Pioneer Trail, which remained less traveled, but is also an arterial road had four reports of car crashes.

The intersection of Sierra Boulevard and Elwood Avenue saw two crashes. In all, three traffic crashes were reported on or near Sierra Boulevard.

The breakdown between night and day incidents was fairly even. Ten of the crashes were reported during darker hours, with eight during daylight. There was also no apparent hours that seemed more prone to vehicle crashes, as the incidents were reported at all hours of the day.

Temperatures were predicted to remain below freezing during parts of every day through Tuesday, making icy road conditions likely, especially during night and early morning hours.

Williams said the best way to avoid a car crash is to drive slowly and not allow yourself to get hurried.

“I could take 100 safety tips and they wouldn’t amount to anything as significant as that,” Williams said.

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