Winter Weather Fouls Roads, Keeps Nevada Highway Patrol Busy

NHP – A United Parcel Service big-rig tractor-trailer lays on its side after skidding off the road in icy conditions.

The Nevada Highway Patrol has had a busy past few weeks.

Sgt. Brian Cavanagh said that the large weather system that impacted the Hawthorne and Schurz areas proved to be dangerous for the motoring public.

He stated that a semi-truck rolled due to icy road conditions on U.S. Highway 95 near mile post 88. The driver was transported to Renown with non-life threatening injuries.

Highway patrol along with Nevada Department of Transportation and Mineral County Search and Rescue closed US Highway 95 due to a large rockslide near mile post 64 around Walker Lake. The slide included rocks that were approximately four feet in diameter and nearly 200 yards of rock fell from the cliff area.

As soon as the highway reopened after the slide issue, the roadway was closed again due to a semi-truck rollover from high winds. A second semi-truck that was parked (and not occupied) rolled from the high wind speeds. The speeds were reported to be at 105 miles per hour with a constant wind speed of over 55 plus.

After the rock slide and high winds, the roadway reopened around approximately 9 p.m.

Cavanaugh states, “Shortly after [the opening], the highway patrol responded to a single vehicle rollover on Nevada State Route 359. The vehicle contained two occupants that were treated by Mt. Grant Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.”

The preliminary investigation indicated that alcohol was a factor.

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