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High Winds Die Down After Knocking Down Semi Trucks

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Nick Montes
Channel 2 News

You can see the clear, bold warnings for any high profile vehicle to stay out of Washoe Valley because of strong winds. Those warnings apparently weren't enough, as the wind pushed not one, but two semi trucks over onto their sides. 

"This is the perfect example of when signs are posted, trucks, trailers, buses and RV's are prohibited, and why you shouldn't drive down here," Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen says.

The wind tipped the first semi on State Route 429, an alternate route for big rigs. The Nevada Department of Transportation and NHP both responded to the call for help. The second semi toppled over a short time later on U.S. 395 in Washoe Valley.  Both drivers are doing fine. 

"It goes to show you that the winds are not exempt from this road as well. When they get to be this strong," Allen says. 

Other drivers we spoke with say they heed the warnings.

"I respect my equipment and I respect the laws of the road," Darrell Haynes, a truck driver, said. 

He says truckers who disobey the law give good drivers a bad name. 

"That's their call, and if they want to call it that way, well, you can only go so far when you start endangering other people's lives," Haynes says.

Residents who live in the Washoe Valley Area say semi trucks driving in strong winds is nothing new.

"I won't stay near them because the wind can blow them over anytime, and I've seen them blown over many times," Washoe City resident David Gordon said.

Winds died down during the evening hours; however, rain and snow is forecast in the days ahead.

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