36-Year-Old North Highlands Man Dies in Fatal South Lake Tahoe Tanker Truck Crash on Highway 50 near Elks Club Drive
South Lake Tahoe, California (September 10, 2019) – A 36-year-old North Highlands man was killed Saturday morning in a traffic accident in South Lake Tahoe, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.
The deadly crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday, September 7 on Highway 50 near Elks Club Drive.
As per the CHP report, a tanker truck transporting 8,400 gallons of fuel, was traveling towards South Lake Tahoe from Meyers on Highway 50 at an approximately 50 miles per hour. As it approached Elks Club Drive and began into the intersection, a Toyota Prius entered the intersection to make a left-hand turn and traveled westbound on the highway, directly in front of the tanker.
The tanker truck driver braked and swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid hitting the Prius but was unable to and collided with the left side of the car. Due to the force of the impact, the Prius slide off the right side of the eastbound lane and down an embankment, where it came to a stop on its wheels in a grassy area, and the driver was able to get out the vehicle.
As a result of the collision, the tanker truck flipped onto its left side and slide across the westbound lane of U.S. 50 and into a section of metal guardrail on the bridge over the Upper Truckee River. One of the gasoline tanks became compromised and leaked fuel. The tanker truck then burst into flames.
The driver of the tanker truck was unable to exit the vehicle and was found dead after the fire was put out. His name has not been disclosed pending notification of family.
The Prius driver, a 28-year-old man of Reno, Nevada, was taken to a local hospital with major injuries. His current condition was not immediately known.
Highway 50 was shut down in both eastbound and westbound directions while the investigation and cleanup took place.
An investigation into the crash is underway.