Tuesday Sep 21 2010
Overturned trailer shut Interstate for 45 minutes
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
Driver, passenger treated for minor injuries
A driver and his passenger escaped a crash that shut down the eastbound side of the freeway for almost an hour late Monday afternoon. Orangevale resident Thomas Latoski and his passenger were taken to an area hospital for minor injuries after the 28-foot trailer they were hauling reportedly fishtailed and overturned at about 4 p.m. on eastbound Interstate 80 just west of Dry Creek Road, according to Officer David Martinez with the Auburn California Highway Patrol office. Martinez said Latoski, 53, was driving a white 1997 Ford Explorer and when the 1978 Coachmen trailer tipped over and scattered debris across the freeway. The trailer was believed to be oversized for the vehicle towing it, Martinez said. The passenger, 38-year-old Shawnna Moller of Orangvale, was trapped in the sport utility vehicle until firemen were able to pull her out. Both Latoski and Moller were taken via ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Martinez said the interstate was closed on the eastbound side for about 45 minutes as crews collected debris and towed the trailer and vehicle out of the way. About seven officers diverted traffic around the freeway until the road was reopened, Martinez said. No other vehicles were involved. The accident remains under investigation by Officer Chad Schmidt. Reach Jenifer Gee at Jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com.