The identity of four people were killed this morning in a head-on crash on Highway 50 east of Dayton won't be released until Wednesday morning.
All three occupants of a GMC Crew Cab pickup towing a scissor lift were killed in the accident that occurred at 9 a.m. when an oncoming 1989 Dodge pickup pulling eight yearling cattle appeared to start fishtailing and veered into the oncoming lane, witnesses told Nevada Highway Patrol investigators. A passenger in the Dodge also died in the accident.
Both pickups caught fire, while the trailer with the yearings came loose and hit a concrete barrier on the north side of the road and then veered into the path of an eastbound 1995 Ford pickup towing a trailer with seven head of cattle.
The Ford pickup and white trailer remained hitched and skidded off the south roadway edge. The white trailer remained upright while the Ford rolled over onto its right side, according to the NHP.
Trooper Chuck Allen said the driver of the Dodge truck sustained very serious injuries and was taken from the scene by Care Flight to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno while the two occupants of the Ford were transported by ground ambulance to Renown with moderate injuries.
All seven victims in the accident appear to be from Northern Nevada.
The green trailer overturned and ejected all eight yearlings. One died at the scene and the other seven had some visible injuries. Six of the seven were gathered quickly and placed into a holding pen by local residents in the area while the other yearling remained loose. The seven adult cows did not appear to be injured at all. All 14 bovines were later transported to Fallon to be checked by a veterinarian. The animals were apparently being transported from the Dayton area to the Fallon Livestock Exchange.
The highway was closed immediately following the collision and is expected to be completely re-opened by 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. Personnel from the Nevada Department of Transportation and Granite Construction assisted the NHP by rerouting traffic on the adjacent sides of the highway.
Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the accident. Witnesses to the event are encouraged to call him at (775) 689-4623 regarding case number NHP-120814458.