A rash of Saturday-to-Monday traffic accidents on Lincoln County highways resulted in two people being sent to the hospital in Las Vegas.
Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee and Nevada Highway Patrol Sergeant Guy Davis said the accidents occurred Aug. 11, 12, and 13.
The first accident occurred Aug. 11 about 10:20 a.m. at what is often referred to as the Whipple Curve, north of Hiko on SR 318.
Lee said the unnamed lone occupant of a Toyota Avalon with California plates, registered in Perris, California, was a Hispanic male.
Pahranagat Valley EMS, Highway Patrol, and the sheriff’s department responded. The driver had to be Life-Flighted to Las Vegas with undetermined injuries.
Lee said possession of marijuana and DUI might have contributed to the accident.
The second accident involved an unnamed 48-year old woman from Rosemead, California, at about 11:50 a.m., Aug. 11.
Davis reported a black Nissan Coup was southbound on U.S 93 in the Six-Mile area of Pahroc Valley. For unknown reasons, “the vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway and onto the west side dirt shoulder. The vehicle re-entered the southbound travel lane and rotated counterclockwise and back across the northbound lane. The vehicle traveled onto the east dirt shoulder, where the front of the vehicle struck an embankment and rolled over, but the driver was not ejected.”
Pahranagat Valley Ambulance responded and the woman was transported to UMC Trauma in Las Vegas by Medic West, but the extent of her injuries was not reported.
A third accident occurred around noon on Aug. 12 near the turnoff to Atlanta Farms, north of Pioche on U.S. 93.
Davis said a 46-year old male truck driver out of San Diego, hauling a white box trailer, was northbound when the tractor-trailer traveled onto the right side dirt shoulder. The driver overcorrected to the left, taking the truck across the roadway to the other side where it rotated counterclockwise and rolled over.
Lee said, “The truck was hauling cardboard boxes and the driver reported strong crosswinds in the area at the time blew the truck off the highway to the shoulder, and when the trailer started to tip, he overcorrected.”
The accident closed both lanes of the highway for a time. The Nevada Department of Transportation eventually limited traffic to one lane until late that night to clear away the truck and debris.
Davis reported the driver sustained only minor injuries, was treated at the scene, and did not need to be transported to Grover C. Dils Medical Center.
Yet a fourth accident took place Aug. 13 at 3 p.m. at the U.S. 93, SR 318 Hiko Junction. Lee said, “A red SVU failed to yield and ran into the back of a truck.”
Pahranagat Valley fire and EMS responded but only found minor injuries which were treated on scene and no transport to the hospital was needed.
Lee did not have any information on names, ages, and/or places of residence of those involved.