A big rig tractor-trailer hauling potatoes crashed just north of Hiko on Highway 318 on Feb. 5. The unnamed driver was not injured, but was arrested and booked on a DUI charge.
Nevada Highway Patrol reported the accident happened about 11:35 a.m. as the southbound truck from American Truck Line in Portland, failed to maintain the traffic lane as it went through the Whipple Curve, about mile marker five.
Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Guy Davis said, “the vehicle ran off the right roadway edge and struck numerous road marker signs and curve advisory signs. The driver overcorrected to the left, the truck reentered the highway and rolled onto its right side, and partially blocked the southbound lane.”
The driver was not injured and was able to exit the truck under his own power. Davis said when Highway Patrol arrived, the trooper “detected the scent of an alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath and person, and placed him under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.”
Traffic was not stopped in the northbound lane and only briefly in the southbound lane until NDOT arrived on scene for traffic control.