Nevada Highway Patrol troopers released more information about the crash that killed five people in Nye County over the weekend.
The preliminary investigation revealed that on Sunday around 4:20 p.m., a 2017 Nissan Altima was attempting to pass a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup truck traveling northbound on a non-divided portion of US95 approaching Mile Marker 29 in Nye County.
That portion of US95 has one lane for southbound and one lane for northbound traffic, so as the Nissan entered the southbound travel lane to pass the GMC it struck a 2015 Nissan Altima traveling southbound head-on.
The northbound Nissan was redirected after impact and struck the GMC pickup. The impact caused the truck to enter the right shoulder where it overturned.
After impact, the northbound Nissan became fully engulfed in flames trapping the driver and passenger in the vehicle.
Both occupants were declared dead once the fire was extinguished.
The driver and passenger of the southbound Nissan had to be mechanically cut from the car. They too were both declared dead at the scene.
The trapped driver of the pickup truck was also declared dead at the scene.
The passenger of the pickup truck, who was partially ejected, was airlifted to UMC Trauma in critical condition.
The driver and passenger of northbound Nissan Altima have yet to be identified and DNA results are still pending.
The male driver of the Nissan Altima traveling southbound was identified Wednesday by the Clark County Coroner’s office as 78-year-old Arturo Otero from Chula Vista, CA. The female passenger of the southbound Nissan Altima was identified as 77-year-old Juana Esparza Otero from Chula Vista, CA.
The male driver of the GMC Sierra has been identified as 53-year-old Dwight Ardell Sproul of Pahrump, NV.
The female passenger of the GMC has been identified as 52 -year-old Wendy Lea Caskey from Beatty, NV.
This marks the Nevada Highway Patrol – Southern Command’s 27th fatal crash resulting in 35 fatalities for 2018.