2Driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs is suspected to be the cause of a fatal traffic accident that occurred late Sunday night, March 8, just a little south of Lower Pahranagat Lake on U.S. 93.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department reported a 911 call was received at 11:36 p.m. reporting an overturned vehicle on the northbound side of the highway about mile marker 25. Checking further, the reporting party said it was actually two vehicles that had been involved in a near head-on collision.

The first vehicle, a northbound 2001 Honda Civic with Idaho plates was driven by a 17-year old female. The other car, a southbound 2001 Saturn with Nevada plates, had three male occupants, and the driver, a 35-year old man from Caliente, was killed upon impact at the scene.

Three Mercy Air helicopters were called in to transport the survivors, all with serious to critical injuries to UMC Trauma in Las Vegas.

Two helicopters met the Alamo ambulance at a specified location and the third copter came to the accident scene. The crash truck and fire assistance from Logandale was also requested as was the Highway Patrol Fatal Team from Las Vegas. However, there was no fire in the vehicles.

NHP is continuing the investigation of the accident. The victims names were not given pending notification of the families.