2An early morning accident near Mina involving an SUV and a semi-truck resulted in the deaths of two Reno residents on Saturday.

Troopers from the Nevada Highway Patrol were dispatched at approximately 7 a.m. to the crash that occurred on U.S. 95 near mile marker six in Mineral County south of Mina.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a 2013 black Freightliner tractor with trailer driven by 52 year old Louis Manuel Plascencia of Madera, Calif. was traveling southbound onthe highway when he attempted to make a U-turn. As the rear of the trailer of the semi was still partially in the roadway it was struck in the left rear side by a 2013 Honda Pilot driven by 43 year old male Duong Chi Ly of Reno, along with passengers 44 year old Ardi Ly, 44 year old Trinh M. Duong and 50 year old Steven C. Lee, all of Reno.

As a result of the collision the driver Mr. Ly and his left rear passenger, Ms. Duong died at the scene of the collision. The other two passengers were transported to the hospital for minor injuries and were released.

According to the NHP, all occupants of the Honda were wearing their seatbelt’s.

After the collision the Honda Pilot came to rest on its wheels on the west side dirt shoulder.

U.S. 95 was shut down in both directions for several hours while the accident scene was investigated and diagramed. Traffic was redirected onto State Route 360.

The trailer in the roadway and fatigue may be a factor in the cause of the accident on the two-lane highway.

Trooper Chris Kelly of the Nevada Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Investigation and Reconstruction Team (MIRT) is investigating this incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed it or who may have information related to this incident is encouraged to reach out to him at (775) 689-4661 or ckelly@dps.state.nv.us regarding case number NHP-150201769.