Semi-truck and trailer crash on I-80 at Virginia Street

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Updated: 6/13/2012 3:45 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Around 4:30a.m. this morning, a semi truck and trailer hauling produce failed to maintain its travel lane and hit the plastic crash cushion and concrete wall at the right side of the highway on Interstate 80 at Virginia Street. The semi continued to travel across the highway and struck the center concrete wall.

Both eastbound travel lanes were closed for approximately three hours due to diesel fuel leaking from the semi truck’s fuel tanks. Traffic was routed off the highway at the Virginia Street off-ramp, and back on the highway at Center Street. The westbound travel lanes were closed for approximately 10 minutes while crews fixed the center wall that had been pushed into the westbound travel lane by the semi. No other vehicles were involved.

A hazardous material cleanup crew responded to the scene and cleaned up the diesel fuel. The semi truck was towed from the scene.

A 51-year-old man named Jesus Flores from Fresno, Calif. was driving the truck. The 2007 Freightliner registered to Renteria Trucking out of Fresno. Alcohol is not an issue in the crash.

The driver was not injured in the crash. He was issued a citation for failure to maintain his travel lane.

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