MESQUITE, Nev. (KLAS) — The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) says a Freightliner tractor-trailer failed to maintain its lane while traveling on I-15 near Mesquite, causing a multi-vehicle crash that killed the driver.
The Freightliner was traveling northbound when troopers say for reasons unknown, it failed to maintain the travel lane, striking a Peterbilt tractor-trailer that was parked on the right shoulder. It continued traveling northbound in the shoulder, then reentered the roadway, rotating.
NHP says the Freightliner crossed northbound travel lanes and entered the dirt center median before continuing into the southbound lanes of I-15. The tractor-trailer then struck another tractor-trailer. The cab then separated and overturned.
A Toyota Camry was struck by debris and traveled across the paved shoulder into the desert area. Both of the car’s occupants were transported to St. George Regional Hospital in Utah. They are in serious condition.
The Freightliner’s driver succumbed to injuries on scene. The Clark County Coroner will release their identify after next of kin is notified.
This is NHP Southern Command’s 27th fatality and 21st fatal crash in 2021.