The Nevada Highway Patrol in Las Vegas have reopened I-11 and the U.S 95 after a horrific accident involving a white Toyota Corolla and blue 2015 Nissan Sentra led to temporary closure of the busy highways. At around 2.45 p.m. on Wednesday, there was a fatal crash at the Intersection Of I-11 And U.S. 95 involving a Nissan that was carrying four children; two 8-year-old kids, one 10-year old and one 12-year old and a Toyota carrying four passengers.
The accident occurred after the Toyota which was travelling southbound on the I-11 approaching the intersection of U.S. 95 failed to stop at a stop sign on the bottom ramp of the U.S 95, thereby forcing the driver of the Nissan to hit the Toyota on the side of the driver’s door.
The driver of the Toyota who has been identified as 78-year-old Antonia Pappas from Henderson died on the spot. 80-year-old Christina Rich; another passenger in the Toyota from Freeport in New York succumbed to injuries as she was being taken to hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Sunrise Hospital.
The 32-year-old driver of the Nissan was taken to St Rose Sienna Campus where he was treated for injuries that were not life threatening. The children in the Nissan and the two other passengers in the Toyota were taken to Sunrise Hospital where they were also treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the police, none of the drivers were under the influence at the time of the accident. All of those involved in the crash (including the deceased persons) were well restrained in their seats at the time of the accident. According to the authorities, this may have helped reduce the number of casualties and the level of injuries to the surviving victims.
The authorities are still investigating the circumstances leading to the crash and more information will be available in the coming days.
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