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Lane-splitting moped crashes on Highway 50, leading to traffic jam in both directions

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Brian O'Hearn, a motorcyclist rider for 30 years, says he cuts between cars in a maneuver called "lane splitting" on streets and highways because it puts him ahead of traffic and feels "empowering." Care in making the move is essential, though, an
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Brian O'Hearn, a motorcyclist rider for 30 years, says he cuts between cars in a maneuver called "lane splitting" on streets and highways because it puts him ahead of traffic and feels "empowering." Care in making the move is essential, though, an

Traffic on westbound Highway 50 was backed up for miles Tuesday morning after a moped collided with a pickup truck.

The moped, while splitting lanes on Highway 50 near the 59th Street onramp, struck the back of a pickup truck shortly before 8 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol incident logs.

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The rider was down and an ambulance was called as lanes No. 3 and 4 were blocked, according to CHP logs. The lanes reopened at 8:19 a.m.

Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Capt. Keith Wade said a fire engine and one medic arrived on scene by 8:05 a.m., and by 8:14 a.m. the rider was being transported to a local trauma hospital for a “Code 2,” which usually denotes non-critical injuries.

CHP logs indicate it was a two-vehicle crash. More details on the rider’s status and that of the other involved party were not known.

At about 8:08 a.m., CHP called out to Sacramento Police Department for a related disturbance in the other direction of Highway 50. The CHP log says vehicles were stopping near the eastbound 59th Street offramp of the freeway “and yelling at him,” though it was not clear to which party “him” referred.

Traffic cameras show commuters stalled as far east as Rancho Cordova as of 8:15 a.m.

Lane splitting is legal in California.

Traffic on westbound Highway 50 was backed up for miles Tuesday morning after a moped collided with a pickup truck while splitting lanes.

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