A big rig was completely destroyed in Big Pine Wednesday, apparently caused by someone throwing snowballs at vehicles.
According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, a 49-year-old man from Martinez was driving a 2000 Peterbilt with a 2012 Great Dane Trailer through Big Pine at approximately 32 miles per hour Wednesday at about 8:30 p.m. when an unknown party threw a snowball from the area of the Big Pine Creek bridge, whch struck the vehicle on the windshield sunshade.
The press release states the driver was preparing to pull to the right shoulder to check for damage when he obvserved a 1990 Peterbilt in the northbound No. 1 lane, approaching his vehicle at a speed much greater than his own. The 1990 Peterbilt, driven by a 25-year-old Riverdale man, was also possibly struck by a snowball from the same area.
The impact of the snowball startled the driver of the 1990 Peterbilt, the press release states, causing him to lose control of the vehicle and allowing it to veer into the No. 2 lane and strike the rear of the 2000 Peterbilt, causing total damage to the 1990 Peterbilt.
Both vehicles came to rest upright and blocking the northbound No. 2 lane.
Both drivers suffered minor injuries; there were no arrests in this incident.