Truck accident closes highway for four hours |

Truck accident closes highway for four hours

A semitruck pitched onto its side Saturday, trapping the driver under the overturned rig and closing U.S. Highway 50 for more than four hours, a California Highway Patrol official said.

According to CHP, the truck driver, who was carrying a load of dry cement, lost control of the rig just west of Echo Summit at about 11:30 a.m. No other vehicles were involved.

Crews from two Lake Valley fire engines had to work for 40 minutes to extricate 34-year-old Peter Collins, the driver of the truck, from underneath the vehicle, a Lake Valley Fire Official said.

Collins, of Covelo, Calif., was air lifted to the intensive care unit at Washoe Medical Center in Reno by Calstar helicopter. As of Sunday, a spokesman for Washoe Valley Medical Center said Collins was listed in serious but stable condition.

An investigation by CHP into the cause of the crash is under way.

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