ELKO – One person was injured Thursday afternoon when an 18-wheeler semi truck carrying soft drinks drove off Interstate 80, crossed both lanes of Idaho Street at the east end of Elko and overturned.

The accident occurred at 12:08 p.m. when the U.S. Express truck was headed east at mile marker 307. It drove down the embankment, hit a tree and crossed Idaho Street near Valley View RV Park, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

The semi continued south toward the railroad tracks before overturning on its left side in a vacant lot.

It is not known how fast the semi was traveling when it left the interstate.

The passenger was transported to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital with unspecified injuries. The driver remained at the scene.

The NHP said the truck was carrying Coca-Cola products but would not know the weight until it was turned back onto its wheels.

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Traffic was slowed down to one lane near the accident site while NHP, Elko County Sheriff’s office and Elko County firefighters attended to the scene.

The NHP plans to have a final report available on the accident Friday morning.

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Staff writer for the Elko Daily Free Press

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