LAS VEGAS -- Semi-trailers drive on the highways every day sharing the road with thousands of cars -- a challenge, especially in one part of the Interstate-15 prone to crashes.
The I-15 is considered vital to the Las Vegas economy as tourists use is to get to and from California. Trucks use it to haul goods.
Dramatic video was taken by a driver where a semi-truck pulling an unloaded trailer violently crashed into the center divider after traffic slows abruptly. The crash happened near I-15 and Sahara Avenue in an area known for its vehicle carnage.
Chris Nigro helps manage Pan Western Corp. out of North Las Vegas. The trucking company hauls all sorts of materials and said driving a rig loaded down is a dangerous proposition any time there's too many cars and not enough room.
"If that was a bigger trailer, loaded down 45,000 Ibs. it could have been some fatalities out there," Nigro said. "We see everything, but sometimes seeing everything still isn't going to give you enough time stop as fast as you need to stop."
The large trucks have huge blind spots which add to the danger as Nigro said drivers cut big rigs off or make the mistake thinking these trucks can stop on a dime.
"I'm speaking from experience, there's just too much weight, and the congestion of the traffic in this town, there's just not enough room," Nigro said.
Nevada Highway Patrol said there isn't much they can do except patrol and clear crashes as quickly as they can. Troopers add the 1-15 from Spring Mountain Road to the Spaghetti Bowl is their problem area where things come to a head around Sahara Avenue.
NHP said on average they respond to 15 crashes per day at I-15 and Sahara Avenue with the amount of cars and design of the freeway causing the accidents.
The Nevada Department of Transportation is working on improvements but those are still a couple of years away.