Two big rigs involved in a collision on Interstate 80 at Crystal Springs in the Alta area forced the closure of Interstate 80 and a detour of traffic onto highway 20/49 through Nevada County Tuesday morning. Gold Run CHP officer Todd Kettwig explains how the accident happened, westbound on Interstate 80 around 5 am.
“It came down the hill on the wet roadway and apparently lost control. It began to jack-knife from the slow lane into the fast lane and then another truck and trailer combination hauling alfalfa behind it moved into the fast lane in an attempt to avoid it. That truck struck the center divider, causing the rear trailer to overturn and spill the alfalfa and struck the first truck.”
The collision also created a fire which drew heavy response from firefighters. It was contained to the two vehicles involved. Officer Kettwig says both of the truck drivers were wearing seat belts which he believes resulted in neither one of them being injured. No hazardous materials were released. There was some guardrail damage that Cal Trans will be working on repairing that today. Interstate 80 westbound was reopened around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon.