One crash leads to another

Two back-to-back minor crashes involving a Caltrans snowplow on icy Highway 395 sent the snowplow driver to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

According to a statement from the California Highway Patrol, about 8 a.m. Monday, April 3, David Recasens, 61, of Beckwourth, pulled his Caltrans snowplow over on Highway 395’s south shoulder north of Constantia Road to check his equipment. The area was impacted by winter weather including snow and wind, according to the CHP, and the roads were snow-covered and slippery.

A vehicle spun out and hit he reach of the snowplow, and incident determined to be a non-injury crash that led Recasens to exit the snowplow to survey the damage.

A few moments later, a northbound 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Louis Ramos, 40, of Dayton Nevada, spun out, and “the front of the Chevrolet collided with the left side of the snowplow and with Recasens, who was knocked down and sought protection under the snowplow.

The CHP was on the scene immediately and called for medical aid. Recasens, who reportedly suffered minor injuries, was transported to Renown Medical Center by helicopter.