Three people died Monday when their mini van was crushed by a load of hay from an overturned semi tractor trailer at about 8:20 p.m. east of Wellington, said the Nevada Highway Patrol in a press release.
The driver of the semi, Jason Fuller, of Yerington, was driving a yellow 2001 Peterbuilt tractor trailer, westbound on State Route 208 at State Route 338 when for an unknown reason, he crossed into the eastbound travel lane, and over corrected to the right. This caused the semi trailer to roll onto its side.
As the hay from the semi flipped onto the roadway, a mini van traveling eastbound on SR 208 struck the hay and was crushed. All three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.
Fuller was not injured in the crash, however, he was transported to the South Lyon Medical Center, were he submitted to a voluntary blood test. Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected as a contributing factor of this crash, at this time.
The names of the driver and two passengers from the mini van are being withheld, pending notification of their families.
Traffic was routed around the accident for seven hours by troopers, Lyon County Sheriff's Department personnel and Nevada Department of Transportation personnel as they investigated the scene.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are investigating the crash that happened Witnesses to the event are asked to call NHP at (775) 688-2500 or (775) 687-0400.