Four people died after a reverse accident Monday night on the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 near John, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported.
At least six vehicles were involved in the crash, highway patrol spokeswoman Ashlee Wellman said.
At around 6 p.m., a red Cadillac was driving north on the southbound lane when it collided with a Toyota pickup truck, Wellman said. The Toyota caught fire and three people inside were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Cadillac, a woman, was also pronounced dead at the scene.
“Alcohol may have been a factor” for the wrong driver, Wellman said, but the investigation is still ongoing.
At least four other vehicles swerved to avoid the crash, and two people were taken to the university medical center with non-life threatening injuries.
In a tweet, the Regional Transport Commission said the highway “remains closed” at Sloan Road (Milepost 25). He said he expected “significant delays”.
All traffic was diverted to Las Vegas Boulevard in Sloan, Highway Patrol said in a 6:40 p.m. tweet.
At 9:30 p.m., cameras revealed emergency traffic to St. Rose Parkway, approximately 16 miles away.
The highway will be closed until morning, Wellman said, and the delays are expected to continue.
In an April 2021 Review-Journal article, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported an increase in the number of oncoming traffic.
As of Jan. 1, 2021, soldiers in the state’s Southern Command have responded to 139 calls involving a wrong way driver, up from 128 calls in April 2020, according to the Highway Patrol.
“The vast majority of oncoming drivers were found to be intoxicated,” the highway patrol said at the time. “According to data from the Nevada Highway Safety Bureau, 90% of fatal reverse crashes in 2019 involved an impaired driver. “
In a brief search of the Review-Journal archives, at least 20 people have died in reverse crashes in southern Nevada since 2018.