Multi-vehicle accident blocks I-80 lanes

Collisions close interstate at Colfax
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Seven motorists were reportedly taken to area hospitals after three apparent two-car accidents slowed Interstate 80 Tuesday afternoon. As the rain came down Tuesday, emergency responders worked to clear an accident that started at about 2:30 p.m. and blocked two lanes of westbound I-80 at Penryn Road yet the freeway remained open, according to an online California Highway Patrol report. Emergency crews reportedly transported one patient to Sutter Roseville Hospital. A media announcement also stated both directions of Interstate 80 were closed at about 4 p.m. from the state line to Applegate due to additional vehicle spinouts. Cause of the accidents, which occurred on the California Highway Patrol’s Zero Tolerance Day, is attributed to “unsafe speed for the weather conditions,” according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Dave Montijo. Montijo added that when the weather is bad, motorists should increase the distance between their vehicle and the car in front of them. He reported that all of Tuesday afternoon’s injuries were minor. Zero Tolerance Day is an effort by officers to promote safe, defensive driving. “The goals of Operation Zero Tolerance are to reduce the total number of accidents in south Placer County and educate the motoring public on the importance of driving safely to prevent traffic accidents,” said CHP Commander Rick Ward in a news release. “A large segment of the motoring public has forgotten that driving is a privilege — not a right.” In a prior Journal report, the CHP’s Montijo warned that motorists can avoid becoming part of an accident if they slow down and look ahead. If a driver is following too closely, “You put yourself in a position that you’ll probably be involved in the collision,” Montijo said. - Staff report