LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Highway Patrol has confirmed five people are dead and three others are injured, including one who’s condition is critical, following a crash Thursday involving a box truck and multiple bicyclists. The crash that killed four men and one woman, happened on U.S. 95 south of Boulder Highway at mile marker 35, which is between the turn-off for Nelson Road/SR 165 and Searchlight.
According to NHP, a group of more than 10 bicyclists were traveling southbound on U.S. 95 with a Subaru hatchback as a safety vehicle when a white box truck traveling in the same direction went into their lane. It is not known at this time why the driver drifted into the lane of the bicyclists striking and killing five while injuring three others, including the driver of the Subaru who had to be hospitalized, but according to NHP, the driver of the box truck is cooperating with the investigation.
The box truck driver was not injured, and at this time, NHP does not think impairment was a factor in the crash.
8 News Now Reporter Hector Mejia interviewed a bicycle rider who was part of the group. Michael Anderson retired last month from Metro Police after 22 years of service. He says they do this ride every year when traffic is not heavy in December.
It happened to be his friend’s birthday. He believes wind may have played a role in the crash.
“Until todays’ tragedy, they’ve never had any problems,” said Travis Smaka, public information officer for NHP. “They did have a safety vehicle, but from what I understand though, the safety vehicle ended up in a position where there were bicyclists both in front of it and behind it at the time of this crash.”
The Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition sent the following statement about the devastating crash.
“This was a horrible preventable tragedy. Our thoughts are with the family, and friends of the departed and with the cycling community during this difficult time. We urge both motorists and cyclists to be extra careful on the road way.”– Keely Brooks, President
An NHP trooper briefed the media about the fatal crash Thursday afternoon. Watch it below.
The crash was on U.S. 95 south of Boulder Highway at mile marker 35, which is between the turn-off for Nelson Road/SR 165 and Searchlight. Motorists were being diverted off U.S 95 southbound at SR165.
At approximately 2:39 p.m. it was reported that northbound lanes are open again. The entire road reopened around 3:30 p.m.