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November 21, 2013
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Douglas student hurt in Highway 88 wreck

A 17-year-old Douglas High School student was injured Thursday evening when he was struck by a vehicle while crossing Highway 88.

The accident closed the highway for about an hour starting at about 5:30 p.m.

A silver Nissan driven by Brandon Gott Lemen, 26, of Reno, failed to stop for the boy, according to NHP spokesman Dan Lopez.

The boy was taken for medical treatment by East Fork Paramedics. His mother said he was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center by ambulance with a broken left leg, facial cuts and swelling.

The Nissan suffered front-end damage as a result of the accident.

The accident is still under investigation.

Icy roads contributed to an injury accident that closed Highway 50 at Cave Rock at about 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

Lopez said a white Kia driven west by Gina Mattea, 24, struck a white Audi driven by Clifton Chase. Three people were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe.

“There wasn’t a lot of snow, but temperatures dropped quickly and what was up there turned to ice,” he said. “Everything was very icy. When there are icy conditions on the roadway, people need to slow down.”

Snowy weather at Lake Tahoe is being blamed for three accidents on Highway 50 at Spooner summit. The first accident occurred at 3:33 p.m. in the westbound lanes and was noninjury. An injury accident occurred at 3:51 p.m. in the westbound lanes. Another injury accident occurred at 4:12 p.m. at the same location. A fourth accident occurred at 4:28 p.m. there.

The road temperature at Cave Rock fell below freezing at 3 p.m. Thursday

Thursday’s icy road conditions weren’t limited to the Tahoe basin. A California Highway Patrol officer was taken for treatment after his vehicle was hit at 5:45 p.m. by a Jeep near Lower Rock Creek Road on Highway 395 above Bishop.

The officer was parked in front of a disabled vehicle with his lights on when another driver happened upon them and lost control on the ice.

The Jeep slid into the patrol vehicle. Both the driver of the Jeep and the officer were taken for treatment for minor injuries.

A long-range forecast issued by the National Weather Service warned there was a possibility of snow over Thanksgiving next week.

Infrared satellite images taken Thursday shows low pressure systems are lined up across the Pacific.

Meteorologists said indications are the next three systems will either move into Canada or fizzle out over the Pacific. However a low could merge with another over the Western Pacific and arrive in time for the holiday.

Forecasters warned that the timing of the systems could change over the week.


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