Family members of victims killed in US 93 crash say ‘safety rules were violated’

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Lives were changed forever when a semi-truck slammed into several vehicles, killing two people on July 18. Nevada Highway Patrol released dashcam video of the crash showing the truck losing control.

The video starts off with a typical stop for construction on U.S. 93 at mile marker 63, but what happens next turns deadly.

A small stationary Toyota is no match for what’s seen next as a semi-truck comes speeding through the area.

The flagman sees pure horror as he tries to slow the truck with his stop sign.  However, he’s left with seconds to get out of the way as it heads straight for him, and the other vehicles stopped on the road.

The semi plowed through, rear-ending and overturning a Toyota Yaris instantly killing 50-year-old Robert Barns and 34-year-old Christopher Markley of Idaho.

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers say they believe the driver of the semi was driving while drowsy.

The victims’ families say they’re devastated, adding, that this was a senseless crash.

“We all rely on truckers and trucking companies to follow safety rules to keep us all from serious harm and death on the road,” a statement from loved ones said.  “It’s obvious from the video that safety rules were violated.”

Barns and Markley were heading to San Diego for their annual trip to Comic-Con.

“Rob Barnes was a beloved son, brother, and friend. He was a talented artist and graphic designer,” the statement continued. “Rob was a colon cancer survivor and had a renewed enthusiasm for life.”

“Chris Markley was a hard-working and generous son and brother,” a statement from the family said. “He held two jobs but always found the time to be a kind and compassionate friend and to care for his beloved pets.”

So far, no charges have been brought against the driver of the semi-truck, but the crash is still under investigation.

The construction taking place on U.S. 93 during the crash is a nearly $9 million project to widen and upgrade 15-miles of U.S. Highway 93.

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