Wrong-way driver dead in accident on U.S. 95, good Samaritan saves man

Joyce Lupiani

Wrong-way driver dead in accident on U.S. 95, good Samaritan saves man

CREATED May. 17, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A wrong-way driver is dead this morning after a collision that closed U.S. 95 near Boulder Highway.

According to Trooper Loy Hixson of the Nevada Highway Patrol, a call was received at about 4:48 a.m. that a SUV was traveling the wrong way in the southbound lanes near Russell Road.

Just a couple minutes later, that SUV hit a vehicle near Flamingo.

Next, the SUV traveling the wrong direction ran into another SUV head on near Boulder Highway.

Both of the SUVs immediately caught fire. A good Samaritan was able to rescue the driver from the SUV that was traveling the correct direction but the wrong-way driver was trapped.

The wrong-way driver was pronounced dead on the scene. The good Samaritan and the other driver were transported to the hospital

Trooper Hixson said that the good Samaritan "definitely" saved the life of the driver traveling in the correct direction.

That driver is a 58-year-old male from Las Vegas. He was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition.

The good Samaritan was also taken to the hospital. Trooper Hixson said that his injuries are minor.

A third accident was caused when deris from the head-on collision flew into the northbound lanes. That accident involved three vehicles. There were no injuries reported.

U.S. 95 was closed for quite some time between Flamingo and Boulder Highway as the accidents were being investigated and cleared.

NHP are interviewing witnesses but it is not known at this time why someone was traveling the wrong direction on U.S. 95.

Action News will update this story with additional information as soon as it becomes available.

We will have a complete report on Action News at Midday.

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