RENO, NV - Freshly fallen snow and cold temperatures made for challenging driving conditions Monday morning and even caused a fender bender between Nevada Highway Patrol and another driver.
One of several crashes Monday morning near the Lockwood interchange involved a NHP vehicle that was struck from behind while the trooper was out of his vehicle investigating a previous accident. He was not injured in that event.
Several fender benders were reported on Interstate 80 between the E. McCarran Blvd and Waltham Way interchanges. The first of several crashes happened around 3:15 a.m. and many more happened shortly thereafter according to Nevada Highway Patrol.
In all, 11 crashes took place within a 3-hour time-frame with 9 incidents being property damage only.
Two drivers sustained minor to moderate injuries in separate accidents and were taken by ground ambulance to Renown Regional Medical Center. Crashes included single-vehicle lane departure collisions where motorists struck the adjacent guard rail or cement barriers to one call involving a vehicle rollover, to a 5-car crash on the off ramp to E. McCarran Blvd.
Westbound I-80 was initially closed at Mustang around 3:30 a.m. while eastbound traffic was diverted off the freeway at the Vista Blvd interchange. At approximately 5:25 a.m., the westbound closure was extended to the Wadsworth interchange where traffic was held or turned around primarily due to the icy roadways and to prevent further crashes from occurring on that stretch of the freeway. Deputies from both Storey and Washoe Counties assisted NHP with traffic control as well as officers from the Sparks Police Department.
Both directions of traffic were back open at around 7 a.m. after the involved vehicles were cleared and the freeway travel lanes were sanded once more by the Nevada Department of Transportation personnel.
As a reminder, when roadways are snow covered or wet and temperatures are at or below the freezing mark, motorists should consider the roadway surfaces to be icy and slick. Please allow more time for your commute and be aware of other stalled or spun-out vehicles during these driving conditions.