Both lanes of Highway 395 were reported reopened at 3 p.m. after a fatal accident blocked the road at 9:50 a.m. today.
The accident occurred when a northbound Ford Taurus slowed to turn left into the Washoe Tribal Smoke Shop.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez said the Taurus was struck from behind by a full-size Chevrolet pickup that was following the Taurus, knocking the smaller vehicle into the oncoming lane where it was hit by a Dodge pickup pulling a travel trailer.
Lopez said one person died as a result of the accident, but didn’t specify which vehicle the person was in.
Traffic on Highway 395 was backed up half way to Riverview. Authorities are diverting motorists back to the Gardnerville Ranchos and through Dresslerville to Main River Road, which connects with Highway 395 near Ruhenstroth.
Officers were posted in Dresslerville. The bridge over the Carson River can only accommodate vehicles lighter than 10 tons.
The Nevada Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the accident. East Fork Fire District firefighters, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and Washoe Tribal Police also responded.
Trooper Doug Hildebrand of the Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating this accident. Witnesses or anyone with additional information are encouraged to contact him at (775) 689- 4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding case No. NHP- 130701640.