UPDATE: Three dead after fiery crash on I-15 northbound ramp to US 95, victims identified

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UPDATE: The Clark County Coroner’s Office on Monday, Aug. 17 identified one of the victims as Artajha Smith, 28. The cause of death was later ruled accidental by conflagration injuries.

The other victims’ causes of death were released on Monday, Nov. 23. as:

  • Almetrine Rushing, 29, death was ruled natural by dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Jh’Sani Rushing-Fincher, 8, death was ruled accidental by conflagration injuries

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — At least three people are dead following a fiery crash Thursday on the northbound ramp lanes of I-15 where it connects to US 95 northbound. The Nevada Highway Patrol also says a dog died.

While a sedan driver’s death was confirmed earlier, two passengers’ deaths were confirmed several hours later. Police say the victims were two adults and a child.

NHP reports northbound I-15 to US 95 has reopened after being closed for hours due to the investigation.

The crash occurred around 11:16 a.m. when the sedan on I-15 northbound cut across lanes of traffic and through a no traffic zone, hitting a pickup truck towing an off-road vehicle.

The force of the collision caused the pickup truck to go over a freeway wall and both vehicles caught fire.

NHP said the driver of the truck was able to escape, but it was Good Samaritans who helped rescue his 4-year-old daughter just as both vehicles caught fire.

Video Courtesy: Rick Nelson

Witnesses to the crash told NHP the car was driving in a reckless manner prior to the crash.

NHP closed multiple lanes as they investigated the crash. Las Vegas Fire was also called to the scene to extinguish the fire. Motorists driving in this area of the Spaghetti Bowl should avoid the area and expect major delays.

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