Couple killed in head-on collision

A couple in a 1955 Pontiac was killed Friday and a truck driver injured when their vehicles collided on a deadly stretch of Highway 395 south of Gardnerville.

The victims in the Pontiac were headed south on Highway 395 when the driver hit the brakes, causing the classic car to swerve into the northbound lane, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen.

He said the Pontiac crossed in front of a silver Chevrolet pickup driven by Hector Trigueros, 40, of Topaz, Calif.

Trigueros was taken by helicopter to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where he was listed Friday night in serious condition but his injuries were not life threatening, Allen said.

The collision occurred at 4:40 p.m. south of Ray May Way near Pineview Estates.

Douglas County Sheriff's officers and East Fork paramedics responded to the collision.

Allen said investigators had not yet determined why the driver of the Pontiac hit the brakes, or whether speed was a factor. The accident remained under investigation.

The highway patrol estimated it would be 10 p.m. before both lanes were open.

The stretch of highway has been the scene of multiple fatalities from head-on collisions.

A Torrance, Calif., family of four was killed in July, 2007, and a Florida man died in February in a collision that severely injured a Topaz Ranch Estates woman and killed four dogs.


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