A rockslide on U.S. 95 around the cliff area at Walker Lake ends with a three-car accident on Nov. 2.
In a press release from Sgt. William Murwin of Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), at approximately 1:45 p.m. at U.S. 95 mile marker 63, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers responded to the Walker Lake cliff area for a rockslide blocking southbound traffic.
A Nevada Department of Public Safety Parole and Probation Officer (DPS) was traveling with a probationer and radioed NHP dispatch to advise them of the slide and stopped on the north side of the slide, parked off the west paved shoulder and activated the emergency flashers to warn southbound traffic of the hazard.
A white Ford sedan observed this officer and the rocks in the roadway and stopped, abruptly, in the southbound travel lane.
A blue Dodge pickup pulling a fifth wheel trailer following the sedan was unable to slow in time, striking the sedan causing the Dodge and trailer to continue off the roadway striking the rear of the DPS vehicle.
The truck/trailer combination struck an abutment at the cliffs, coming to rest on its wheels.
The DPS vehicle was rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in contact with the truck/trailer combination, drivers door to drivers door.
The parole and probation officer was transported to Mt. Grant General Hospital with minor injuries. The probationer remained in custody while also being transported to the hospitals, as a precaution. The driver and passenger of the truck/trailer were also take by ambulance to the hospital.
Nevada Highway Patrol was assisted by Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Mineral County Fire Department and SOC Fire.