Nye County, NV : 1 dead in semitrailer crash south of Ely that spilled fuel on Sunday, 7th February 2021
One person was killed and another gravely injured on a rural highway in Nye County early Sunday after a semitrailer hauling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel crashed into two other trucks.
The crash occurred about 8 a.m., roughly 70 miles south of Ely on state Route 318, Nevada Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Howell said.
A truck hauling three trailers of diesel fuel was going north on the highway when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the center line into oncoming traffic, Howell said. The northbound truck sideswiped one oncoming semitrailer before colliding with a second semitrailer head on, he said.
The driver of the northbound rig died at the scene, Howell said. The driver of the sideswiped truck was not injured, but the driver of the truck that was hit head-on was flown to a hospital in St. George, Utah, with “life-threatening” injuries, Howell said.