18-wheelers block U.S. Highway 50

An 18-wheeler attempting to make an U-turn near the Dixie Valley turnoff became stuck on high ground Friday afternoon, causing traffic to back up on U.S. Highway 50 about 40 miles east of Fallon.

After the Watkins Shepard big rig unsuccessfully made the U-turn, another eastbound tractor-trailer tried to pass on the right side and on the shoulder; however, that truck hauling for Werner Enterprises also became stuck on a small mound.

The Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada Department of Transportation re-routed small vehicles around the blockade, but other big rigs were forced to wait until tow trucks arrived at the scene to clear the two 18-wheelers from the highway.

The NHP received the initial call at about 12:53 p.m.

Both drivers did not incur any injuries. The NHP is investigating the incident.


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