No injuries in four-vehicle accident
An accident involving three cars and a semi truck backed up traffic on U.S. Highway 50 for more than a mile Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured in the crash.
Heather Orr, 16, was driving east to meet a friend and watch a movie when her car started to spin out of control, clipped by a semi-truck trying to move into her lane.
“I know I didn’t do anything. I was just going straight and then all of a sudden I spun,” said the South Tahoe High School junior. “It was pretty scary because I couldn’t control it.”
James Larson, 38, of Sparks, hit the front end of Orr’s car while attempting to change lanes near South Tahoe Middle School. Larson was cited for unsafe lane change, according to South Lake Tahoe Police.
Orr’s car spun around behind the pickup and into the oncoming westbound traffic hitting one car head on. The car continued to spin and brushed another car before coming to rest in the far west lane.
Levi Ray, 84, of South Lake Tahoe, was in the car hit head on. Ray’s car sustained major damage, but air bags and a seat belt kept Ray safe.
Alden Vala, 52, and his family, vacationing from Naperville, Ill., were on their way for a sailboat ride when their rental car caught the tail end of the crash.
“I saw the car swerving and my wife was screaming,” said Vala. “I thought I could get out of it, but it just caught the edge.”
Trying to avoid the accident, Vala jumped a bank and drove for a short distance on a bike path before stopping.
Orr’s mother Nancy was stuck in the traffic created by the accident when she got a cell phone call from her other daughter telling her about Heather.
“The important thing is she’s all right,” Nancy Orr said, hugging her daughter. “Seat belts saved her life.”
Traffic was diverted around the accident on Star Lake Avenue and through the middle school parking lot.
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