Tuesday Mar 10 2009
Car crashes, rolls over on Interstate 80 near Auburn
By: Gus Thomson
The driver of a car that crashed into an embankment then rolled over Tuesday morning on busy Interstate 80 was able to walk away. The car struck a big rig on westbound I-80 shortly before 11 a.m. and then overcorrected as it ran up the bank on the northern side of the three-lane highway, about a mile west of Auburn. It struck the semi-truck a second time after going up the earthen bank. A California Highway Patrol officer at the scene said the 41-year-old driver, the lone occupant of the car, was able to exit the vehicle after it ended up on its roof in the middle of the freeway. Traffic was able to move around the car without any further collisions. The driver, who was from Nevada but whose name was not available, was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center complaining of minor injuries. Injuries included a head laceration, the officer said. The passenger compartment of the cab around the driver didn't crumple in the collision but both the front and back end of the Buick were damaged. Traffic slowed to a crawl on westbound I-80 as emergency personnel arrived. Litter from the trunk, which indicated the driver was a salesperson, was strewn over the side of the freeway. By noon-hour, traffic was flowing slowly along two lanes as the last of the debris was cleaned up.