Monday, July 7, 2014 | 1:48 p.m.
A truck lost a load of gravel on Interstate 80 near Sparks, sparking a 20-car pileup that closed two westbound lanes for nearly three hours, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
Trooper Dave Gibson said nine people were checked for minor or moderate injuries after the incident about 9 a.m. today some 17 miles east of Sparks. Two people were taken to a nearby hospital.
One woman waiting in the gridlock started experiencing labor pains and was airlifted to a Reno hospital, Gibson said.
The truck was carrying three trailers, including at least one “belly dump” trailer that opens along the bottom, Gibson said. It’s unclear why the vehicle lost its load, he said.
Gravel and dirt spread over the two westbound lanes and caused vehicles to spin out and hit guardrails. The crash closed both lanes for nearly three hours.
Las Vegas Sun reporter Adwoa Fosu and the Associated Press contributed to this report.