Two former Mineral County residents were killed in an accident in Esmeralda County on Dec. 28.
Dan Norcom and Diane Atencio, both formerly of Hawthorne were traveling southbound on US 95 at Esmeralda County mile marker 33 (approximately ten miles south of Tonopah) when they were hit head on by a Dodge pickup. Norcom and Atencio were listed as residents of Goldfield at the time of the crash.
The Dodge Ram pickup was pulling a trailer, traveling northbound on US 95, when it crossed into the southbound lane striking the Mitsubishi, which Norcom and Atencio were traveling in, head-on.
In a press release from Nevada Highway Patrol, both occupants in the Mitsubishi “succumbed to their injuries”.
The driver of the Dodge pickup, Michael McKinnis, also “succumbed to his injuries a short time later”. Two passengers in the pickup were transported via CareFlight to a Las Vegas hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The third passenger in the pickup was treated and released on scene with minor injuries.
The preliminary investigation showed that all six occupants in both vehicles were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
Norcom was known in Mineral County as a handyman, running D & D Handyman Services.