SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol says a chain-reaction crash involving at least six big rigs and 15 vehicles has killed one person and shut down westbound Interstate 80 during a heavy snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada.

CHP Sgt. Curtis Fouyer says one big rig rolled over two or three vehicles about 1:30 p.m. Friday near Yuba Gap, 70 miles east of Sacramento. A man who appears to be in his 60s died. Fouyer didn’t know if he was in one of the crushed vehicles.

Other motorists called police to report they were trapped but uninjured. The crash occurred just after officials required tire chains on the interstate.

Spinouts also forced the closure of eastbound I-80, the main corridor between Northern California and Nevada.

Officials hope to reopen the interstate Friday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (21)
  1. John says:

    Its been 30 min now… When will we get an update?

    1. Tuan says:

      Take into consideration that yes this did just occur 45 minutes ago and I’m sure news crews are on their way. Im most positive that chp is very busy working this accident so information is limited right now.

  2. susanna says:

    i am trying to find out what happen my husband is in that accident, he is a truck driver for trimac transportaion

    1. gary says:

      susanna call the company or the CHP. It is better and faster than facebook or asking strangers on the internet

    2. al says:

      The traffic report mentions the truck carrying a load of liquid hydrogen

  3. K says:

    Any ideas how long this might be closed? A few hours or all night?

  4. Danny says:

    Any idea when it will open eastbound. Or should I head back to sac for a hotel?

  5. M&M says:

    All of you sitting EB, I’d turn around and go back the way you came. Either that or it’s going to be a long night getting up to Tahoe. Multiple accidents, vehicles and big rigs stuck. When they do open 80 back up, it’s going to be an escort of 40 cars at a time.

    1. Danny says:

      Are you shure where did you get the info

  6. M&M says:

    Well I posted the links for you to read them yourself, but I guess you can’t post links here. CHP and Cal Trans websites are your friends if you’re fool enough to travel up here in a bad snow storm.

  7. Ben says:

    Anyone hear anything about them opening the road eastbound towards reno?

  8. Danny says:

    No. Still waiting

  9. Danny says:

    I think it’s open now

  10. kich says:

    I just checked caltrans website and says 80e is still closed. anyone else have other news?

  11. Danny says:

    Made it to Reno safe at 5 am. 15 hour drive from San fransisco:(

  12. Mesriani Law says:

    It’s really not that safe to travel north by road during this season. Heavy snow leads to slippery roads, unclear viewpoor visibility and road debris that may block the roadrigs and trees might fall. So better check the weather and news before going out and if the purpose of travel is not that necessary, don’t go.

    Road accidents may be attributed to several factors – in this case, to extreme weather conditions. Although driving errors is a leading factor in most accidents, a driver cannot disregard the effects and potential dangers that weather conditions may imposed on the motorists.

    Hence it would be best for motorists to check out the weather before venturing out or traveling long distances during storms.

  13. Sandy says:

    I was inroute on 80 just behind the big pile up. There was NOT even a chain advisory. The road was clear and had only been raining. There was NO snow on the road. The radio kept stating no Chains needed. The rain turned to a sleet and then all of a sudden a whirl of snow and no visibility. Complete White Out! I was told it was a small tornado whirrling snow. It was SCARY!! I slowed down, could not see anything and then my car slid. Thankfully it hit the tail light of a car ahead and prevented us from rolling. Still as crazy as this is the insurance says they find me at fault. Whats up with that????

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