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Multiple collisions occurred on the I-80 Corridor in the Gold Run Area during the winter storm that came through the area on February 26th through March 3rd.
The Gold Run Area investigated 14 collisions that occurred during the storm. The majority of collisions occurred due to vehicles traveling at unsafe speeds for the existing wet roadway conditions.
On February 28, 2014 at approximately 0905 hours, a motorist was injured in a traffic collision while applying snow chains to his commercial vehicle by an unknown hit and run vehicle. Party Sean Knutson, 48 years old, from Tooele, UT, had parked his Peterbilt Truck Tractor along the shoulder of I-80 Eastbound east of Yuba Gap in order to apply snow chains. While chaining up the left side rear axle tires of his tractor, an unknown vehicle, traveling on I-80 eastbound in the # 2 lane, struck him from behind forcing him into the rear of the tractor causing lacerations to the top of his head. The vehicle, described only as a compact vehicle, proceeded eastbound on I-80 without stopping at the scene. The collision is being investigated by CHP Gold Run Area.
Remember, when traveling during inclement weather, please reduce your speed, minimize lane changes and watch for motorists outside of their vehicles applying chains to their tires. Also, be prepared with the necessary provisions when traveling in the Sierra’s during winter storms, in case you encounter traffic delays.