16-car crash kills at least one on I-80 in Sierra

CISCO GROVE (KRON) — A man driving a pickup truck was killed in a multi-car crash that shut down westbound traffic on Interstate 80 near Cisco Gove.

As many as 16 cars crashed at around 11 a.m. at Eagle Lakes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Investigators say one driver was going too fast as hail was falling in the area, which caused a chain reaction crash.

A few people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Drivers were encouraged to avoid the area for much of Thursday.

The crash was cleared by mid-afternoon, but Caltrans warned of low visibility.

Snow fell in the Sierra Nevada on the last day of summer, giving the towering mountain range shared by California and Nevada a wintry look in September and making travel hazardous.

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