Terrifying Lake Tahoe 16-car pileup blocks only road up icy mountain

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A dramatic 16 car pile-up hit the road to a popular Lake Tahoe resort because eager skiers rushed to the mountain for its fresh snow.

A dramatic 16 car pile-up hit the road to a popular Lake Tahoe resort because eager skiers rushed to the mountain for its fresh snow.

 

Terrifying Lake Tahoe 16-car pileup blocks only road up icy mountain

Drivers in South Lake Tahoe witnessed a terrifying series of car crashes on the icy roads on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Cars plummeted down a slippery hill and rammed into a growing cluster of crashed vehicles piling up at the bottom.

 

Bystander video footage posted yesterday shows as tense spectators stand helplessly as one-by-one more and more cars slide uncontrollably down the mountain.

 

The road to Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe became a parking lot after a whopping 16 cars dangerously piled up and clogged the pathway.

 

Drivers in South Lake Tahoe witnessed a terrifying series of car crashes on the icy roads on Wednesday afternoon

 

One of the cars was a vehicle from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office - who had sent officers to respond to the drastic situation. 

 

Floods of tourists hurried to the mountain, which lies on the border of California and Nevada, this week after generous snowfall blanketed the slopes.

 

Law enforcement agencies are urging drivers to use chains on their cars as they navigate the icy roads and abide by common winter driving condition rules, according to Tahoe Daily Tribune.

 

South Lake Tahoe Chief of Police David Stevenson said the empty cars remaining at the pile-up were towed by 12:30 pm on Wednesday.

 

Route 50 is the only way in and out of South Lake Tahoe which has made the traffic incidents especially disruptive to residents and people travelling to and from the mountain. 

 

There have been reports of two other dangerous pile-ups in the area in just the last week - prompting discussion within the community of how the hazardous situations can be avoided. 

 

According to Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Nicholas Carlquist - there has been conflicting pressure on the police department from locals and businesses who want to keep the road open for those who live in the neighborhood, but other businesses have urged authorities to close them.

 

'When we close the roads, it is a combination of police cars, signs and barricades. Unfortunately each year there are drivers who steal the signs, throw the barricades into the snow, and argue/ignore officers,' Carlquist said.

 

Travel is expected to become even more challenging going into the weekend as a winter storm is expected to flurry down in the Sierras, with temperatures hitting well below freezing and even as low as five degrees.

 

With driving conditions being near-impossible for even the most seasoned snow-drivers, the National Weather Service has suggested that those planning to travel 'change your plans if possible.'

 

'It snowed three inches so the entire world decides to go skiing in Tahoe', the account captioned their shocking video.

 

Tahoe locals rushed to the comments to share their own experiences with the intense traffic from tourists seeking to make the most of Lake Tahoe's excellent snow sports conditions.

 

'I don't miss living up there for this reason,' one account commented.

 

Somebody said: 'I'm going to Tahoe January 16-20. Hopefully more snow but I don't want it to be crowded,' to which the original account responded 'oh it's going to be a zoo that weekend.'


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