NHP responds to 14 crashes today, including one with NHP cruiser

RENO/SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & -- Between 7:14am and 9:28am, the Nevada Highway Patrol investigated a total of 14 accidents in the Reno/Sparks area.

Freezing fog blanketed the area, and the below freezing temperatures, quickly made the area highways icy.

NHP investigated 11 crashes resulting in property damage, and three that resulted in minor injuries. Several other crashes were reported, but the vehicles left before NHP got there.

The crashes were clustered mainly near bodies of water in the area of (the Truckee River and the Sparks Marina). On IR80 from Rock Blvd to the Lockwood area, and on IR580 near the Spaghetti Bowl.

An NHP patrol car was hit at a crash scene this morning. An NHP trooper was parked on the right shoulder of IR580 at the exit for IR80 behind a car that was involved in a crash. Police say a silver 2006 Dodge pickup lost control of his vehicle and hit the NHP cruiser. The trooper was standing at the right front passenger door of 2008 Ford Crown Victoria at the time of the accident. He was pinned between the patrol car and the concrete wall at the side of the highway, but only for a few seconds. The trooper sustained minor injuries but was not transported to the hospital. The patrol car was not drivable and needed to be towed from the scene.

The driver of the Dodge pickup, 66-year-old Arlen Huggins was not injured. The pickup did not require a tow truck. Huggins was issued a citation for Failure to Use Due Care.

The Nevada Highway Patrol would like to remind the motoring public that the weather conditions in northern Nevada change often. The highway conditions in canyons, in shaded areas, and on overpasses and bridges may be icy when the when the rest of the highway is dry. Please adjust your speed accordingly and slow down prior to entering a curve or turn to avoid losing control of your vehicle on an icy surface.