Washoe Tribal officials have sought a center turn lane for years at the scene of Thursday morning’s fatal accident.
Anyone making a left turn into either the Washoe Tribal offices or the Washoe Tribal Smokeshop must slow down in the travel lane.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation Sierra Corridor Study, the Washoe Tribe has also asked for a reduction in the speed limit.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Nevada Highway Patrol had yet to release the identity of the driver of a Ford Taurus, who was killed in the three-vehicle accident at the location south of Gardnerville.
According to a preliminary investigation, the driver of the Taurus was northbound on Highway 395 at about 9:50 a.m. when he slowed to turn into the smoke shop.
A full-sized Chevrolet pickup that was following the Taurus struck the smaller vehicle and knocked it into opposing lanes, and into the path of a full-sized Dodge pickup towing a travel trailer, according the Nevada Highway Patrol.
The Taurus suffered substantial damage to the rear and passenger’s side. The Chevrolet pickup suffered heavy damage to the front, as did the Dodge, which careened off the road and ended up off the right roadway.
The driver of the Taurus was dead at the scene. The occupants of the other two vehicles received nonlife threatening injuries.
Both lanes of Highway 395 were blocked for four hours while members of the Nevada Highway Patrol Major Accident Investigation Team examined the scene and cleared the wreckage.
Southbound motorists were diverted onto Riverview Drive and into the Gardnerville Ranchos, then into Dresslerville and back over the Carson River at Main River Road. The detour required officers to direct drivers, many of whom were from out of state, through the communities.
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