US Highway 95 was shut down on March 22 after a semi-truck versus fifth wheel trailer motor vehicle accident occurred.
The incident occurred on March 22 at approximately 10 a.m. and according to Trooper David C. Bickel of the Nevada Highway Patrol, “a semi truck and box trailer were traveling northbound on US 95 near Mineral County mile marker 65, just south of Sportsman’s beach. A pickup pulling a fifth wheel trailer was traveling southbound at the same location. The semi drifted into the southbound travel lane and sideswiped the fifth wheel.”
After the collision, the tires and axle of the fifth wheel were damaged, disabling it in the southbound travel lane. The semi continued northbound, striking a guard rail and causing the semi to rollover. It came to a rest on its roof on the embankment.
The driver of the semi was trapped in his truck for approximately 45 minutes before Mineral County Fire was able to extricate him from his vehicle. He was transported to Mt. Grant General Hospital in stable condition.
Due to the accident, the southbound travel lane was shut down for approximately six hours to remove the truck and clean-up debris. Traffic was redirected using the northbound travel lane. Nevada Department of Transportation would close down both lanes periodically while they constructed a temporary concrete barrier.