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CHP officers pull jackknifed big rig out of the way to open I-80

Caltrans official: 'Respect the changing conditions' over Donner Pass

Dave Wood, the California Department of Transportation's maintenance-area superintendent for the Donner Pass-Sutter/Sierra Region, said there are periods of snow and sunshine Thursday in the Sierra.
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Dave Wood, the California Department of Transportation's maintenance-area superintendent for the Donner Pass-Sutter/Sierra Region, said there are periods of snow and sunshine Thursday in the Sierra.

Snow was falling in the Sierra, causing some traffic problems Thursday morning on Interstate 80 where a jackknifed big rig was pulled out of the way by two California Highway Patrol cruisers.

Chains were required on eastbound I-80 at Kingvale in Placer County to the Donner Lake Interchange in Nevada County. At one point, a big rig jackknifed, blocking all lanes of traffic.

California Highway Patrol officers took matters into their own hands to clear the rig. Long straps were tied to the front of the rig and the other ends of the straps were attached to sport-utility CHP cruisers.

The big truck was pulled by the officers’ SUVs into the right direction. Traffic could then proceed past the rig.

Elsewhere in the Sierra, it was also snowing at Echo Summit, but chains were not required on Highway 50, Caltrans reports.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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