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Westbound I-80 in Sierra reopened after fatal collision involving up to 16 vehicles

Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 is blocked Thursday afternoon because of a fatal accident involving up to 16 vehicles.
Westbound traffic on Interstate 80 is blocked Thursday afternoon because of a fatal accident involving up to 16 vehicles.

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.

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.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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