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March 19, 2013
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I-80 big-rig rollover injures driver

A big-rig rollover Tuesday morning on Interstate 80 in Churchill County sent the driver to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, reports the Nevada Highway Patrol.

The NHP was dispatched to the accident near mile marker 68, about 20 miles east of Fernley.

According to the NHP’s preliminary crash investigation, 56-year-old Alexander Gugel of Henderson was driving a 2009 Volvo diesel tractor and 53-foot enclosed semi-trailer. The NHP said Gugel allowed the vehicle to leave the roadway edge and drift in the center dirt median. As he attempted to return the rig to the highway, the NHP said Gugel overturned the tractor-trailer onto its left side.

Lyon County fire personnel extricated Gugel from the tractor after a heavy duty tow truck lifted the vehicle off the Henderson man. The accident caused the travel lanes in each direction to be closed for several hours while emergency responders assisted Gugel.

The NHP said the trailer was carrying automotive power steering fluid packaged in cardboard boxes and palletized. Clean-up crews spent most of the morning removing fluid and then up-righting and recovering the big rig from the center median.

The NHP said it did not have an updated medical condition on Gugel late Tuesday afternoon.

A big-rig vehicle rolled on its side on Interstate 80 Tuesday morning,

sending the driver to a Reno hospital with injuries.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Mar 19, 2013 07:42PM Published Mar 21, 2013 01:46PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.