Two accidents on Wednesday
Two accidents slowed traffic Wednesday on U.S. Highway 50 in Nevada and over Echo Summit.
A United Parcel Service Semitrailer lost control shortly before 6 a.m. in the snow and plunged over the embankment on the south side of highway two miles east of Riverton. No one was injured in the wreck which left the overturned truck near the bank of the American River, nearly 75-feet from the road.
“It went right through the parking lot of St. Pauli’s Inn and down the embankment,” said Lee Anderlee of the California Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred where the highway narrows to two lanes, and the recovery effort interrupted traffic throughout the day. Only one lane was open to traffic until Wednesday night and the highway was completely blocked several times while workers tried to raise the UPS truck and its packages.
The accident scene was not a dramatic one, according to a waitress at the St. Pauli’s Inn.
“It was just a truck laying on its side,” she said, but added that it did slowed business at the restaurant.
The California Department of Transportation had closed the highway 12 minutes before the accident for avalanche control. It remained closed until just after 9 a.m. from Meyers to Sly Park.
In Nevada, an accident didn’t block traffic but the driver of a Suzuki Samurai was severely injured when he hit a tree near Lake Village in Round Hill.
The driver’s name was not available Wednesday, but he reportedly suffers from epilepsy and may have had a seizure while driving west on Highway 50.
The driver crossed both eastbound lanes very quickly and, according to Sgt. Lance Modispacher of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, “There was no evidence of a skid, the tracks went straight into the tree.”
The man was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital where he was stabilized and transported to another hospital for further care.
Barton Memorial Hospital would not release any information regarding his injuries.
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