Westbound Interstate 80 reopened to Sierra Nevada traffic about 3 p.m. Thursday after an approximately four-hour closure due to a series of collisions, one fatal, involving up to 16 vehicles.
The collisions halted westbound I-80 traffic at Eagle Lakes, according to the California Highway Patrol.
CHP spokesman Officer Chris Nave said the crash happened at 11:05 a.m. after the weather turned nasty and hail began to fall. One man was confirmed dead, but Nave said all other injuries were minor.
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Nave said several collisions happened at about the same time.
“There was one two-car collision that triggered a domino effect,” he said.
The first snow of the season began falling Thursday morning in the area, forcing drivers to face conditions they haven’t seen in months.