Collision caves in side of Gardnerville laundry
A vehicle missed the Gardnerville S Curve and drove into the side of one of the town’s oldest structures.
The vehicle hit the side of the old Gardnerville Laundry, built in 1910, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office.
Owners Dave and Joe Nishikida were working at the site on Thursday morning.
Dave Nishikida said they would be shoring the structure up so they can safely empty it out.
The Nishikida family operated a laundry out of the building until the late 1970s.
Before the construction of Gardnerville Elementary School on Toler, the building served as the town’s school.
The county posted the building as unsafe for occupation as a result of the collision.
The Nevada Highway Patrol, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and East Fork firefighters responded to the 10:30 p.m. collision.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Schemenauer said the vehicle appeared to lose control in the S-Curve. Douglas County deputies handled traffic control. The northbound lanes of Highway 395 were closed for about 45 minutes.
One of the children was injured in the collision, though the driver and all three children were taken to the hospital to keep them together.
Town officials have been working with the Nevada Department of Transportation to soften the curve, where large trucks often hop onto the sidewalk.