MEYERS, CA (September 7, 2019) – The driver of a semi-truck carrying petroleum is dead after colliding with another vehicle and catching fire on Highway 50, near Elks Club Drive.
Police say that around 11:45 a.m., a big rig traveling eastbound swerved to avoid a Toyota Prius that had crossed in front of it suddenly at an intersection. The big rig driver was unable to adjust in time and struck the Prius on its left side.
The big rig, which was carrying 8,400 gallons of gasoline, fell over and slid into the guardrail, which caused the gasoline leak. The semi truck caught fire with the driver still trapped inside. The driver suffered fatal injuries and was found after the fire was extinguished.
The driver of the Prius, which rolled into an embankment off the road, sustained a broken femur and was transported to the hospital.
Drugs or alcohol are not suspected as factors in the fatal crash. Both directions of Highway 50 were closed while Hazmat crews cleaned the area, including Truckee River, where some of the fuel spilled into.